Have you ever noticed those ubiquitous, unsightly utility boxes located in cities and towns? I’m talking about the gray ones usually seen on the corners of intersections and plastered with bad graffiti and/or Kerry/Edwards ‘04 bumper stickers. Well, their existence as we know it could soon change. A man by the name of Joshua Callaghan is on a mission to transform these hideous boxes into works of urban art.
First, Callaghan takes pictures of the settings that the boxes are situated in. He then blows the images up and pastes the photos onto all sides. This then creates the illusion of an uninterrupted view, better known as invisibility. His unique creations can be seen all around Los Angeles.
“The city called for proposals to decorate some utility boxes in a recently renovated town square,” he explains. “They were looking for painters, but when I heard about the call I inspected the boxes and simply had the idea of using photographs. As far as I know no-one has walked into one of the boxes that wouldn’t have walked into an uncovered box…but I love watching people do a double-take. The images are all unique, based on the context. They are printed on special adhesive vinyl and should last for 10 years at least. It will be interesting to see the surroundings change around the boxes as time passes”