As part of a vibrant program to help beautify Hull, the first three of seven utility boxes will soon be painted with scenes of swimming fish, an eye-catching sunset, and a colorful beach scene by local artists as part of the recently adopted Utility Box Painting Project.
This program is made possible through a partnership between the Economic Development Committee and the Hull Municipal Light Plant. Several other communities have similar programs, including Plymouth, Chelsea, and Salem.
The intent is to attract local artists to design and paint an assigned utility box, at a visible location along Nantasket Avenue, with original designs highlighting the beauty and vitality of Hull.
Select Board and former EDC member Donna Pursel provided an update to fellow board members this week.
The artists whose submissions were selected so far and the locations of the utility boxes they have been assigned to paint are:
* Hull resident Justin Baxter (swimming fish), corner of Nantasket/Wharf avenues;
* Cohasset resident Jocelyn Dana Thomas (sunset scene), corner of Nantasket Avenue and Miller’s Crossing; and
* Hull resident Sierra Bloom (beach scene with umbrellas), Nantasket Ave/Water Street (pending confirmation to the EDC that she has accepted the award).
The artists will start painting within the next couple of weeks, weather permitting.
The other four locations approved by the Light Plant are: Nantasket Avenue/Kenberma Playground; Nantasket Avenue/A Street; Nantasket Avenue/L Street; and Nantasket Avenue at Kenberma.
“This is a really exciting time,” Pursel said. “I think the project will attract more artists once the first box is painted.”
Participating artists will supply their own paint and equipment and will receive a $200 stipend once they complete, and forward a photo of, their work.
Artists will be asked to keep the paint they use for future touch-ups as needed. The boxes could be returned to their original color, if necessary, at the EDC’s expense.
“The EDC will continue to accept and review applications until all seven boxes are assigned, and an artist may submit more than one application,” Pursel said.
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