MondayMural: Found on utility boxes

Utility Box Artwork: For this week’s Monday Mural, I have a couple utility box artwork from the roadsides of Livermore and San Luis Obispo. Both are drive-by shots. The...
Utility box mural
Found in Livermore, CA
utility box artwork, Livermore, CA

Found in Livermore, CA

Utility Box Artwork:

For this week’s Monday Mural, I have a couple utility box artwork from the roadsides of Livermore and San Luis Obispo. Both are drive-by shots.

The first (pic above) is a piece of public art found on Holmes Street in Livermore, California. I just learnt that the artist of this painting of what looks like a dog is  Aaron Lenhoff. (According to

This second piece of public art (below); a very colourful one at that, was found while we were driving around San Luis Obispo in the summer. I have not idea where exactly is was and who the artist is. If you happen to know, do let me know in the comments. Thank you in advance.

utility box artwork from San Luis Obispo

Found in San Luis Obispo, CA

Linking this post to the meme–
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36 Comments on this post.
  • Sami
    30 January 2017 at 6:39 am

    The first one is cute, but I do prefer the second box with the very colourful mural.

    • dNambiar
      30 January 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Oh yeah, the second on is such a happy and colourful sight. 🙂
      Thank you for coming this way, Sami. Have a great week. 🙂

  • Taken For Granted
    30 January 2017 at 8:30 am

    I like most of the utility box murals, and these are no exception. Adds a splash of color and some humor to the neighborhood.

    • dNambiar
      30 January 2017 at 4:34 pm

      You are so right — they do add color and humor to the streets.
      Welcome here. 🙂

  • s.c.
    30 January 2017 at 9:51 am

    Don’t know what it all means but its nice to see.

    • dNambiar
      30 January 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Same here. 🙂
      Have a good week ahead, SC.

  • Janey
    30 January 2017 at 11:14 am

    I agree with Sami…beautiful colors in the second one.

    • dNambiar
      30 January 2017 at 4:35 pm

      That one was very eye-catching.
      Welcome to this blog, Janey. 🙂

  • tom the backroads traveller
    30 January 2017 at 3:03 pm

    A colorful way to decorate these boxes, they are very popular around here too!

    • dNambiar
      30 January 2017 at 4:39 pm

      Oh yes. They do add so much colour and interest to those otherwise boring-looking boxes. I remember noticing the artwork on utility boxes in Downtown San Jose, the year before last and being very impressed with the idea. Now I’m beginning to see more and more of these.

      I’d love to see the work from your parts, Tom. 🙂

  • Klara S
    31 January 2017 at 9:25 am

    Nice findings. For me the second one is carousel spinning very fast 🙂

    • dNambiar
      6 February 2017 at 2:34 am

      That a great way to look at it. Thank you, Klara. 🙂

  • Oakland Daily Photo
    1 February 2017 at 4:13 am

    It’s amazing to me how many towns are using utility boxes as canvases. A win-win for artists and the public. Thanks for contributing to this week’s Monday Mural.

    • dNambiar
      6 February 2017 at 2:34 am

      Right? Definitely a win-win.
      Thank you for hosting. 🙂

  • Jyotirmoy Sarkar
    6 February 2017 at 4:06 am

    Liked the second one most.

    • dNambiar
      6 February 2017 at 7:21 pm

      Very attractive, huh?!
      Thank you, Jyotirmoy. 🙂

  • rupam { xhobdo }
    6 February 2017 at 9:53 am

    Thanks for the post 🙂 2nd one.

    • dNambiar
      6 February 2017 at 7:51 pm

      The colourful one. 🙂
      Thank you for visiting, Rupam. 🙂

  • Miss Jose
    6 February 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Totally love the second one! Such a colorful sight 🙂

    • dNambiar
      7 February 2017 at 5:36 pm

      It sure is.
      Thank you for the visit, Ms. Jose. 🙂

  • Rahul
    6 February 2017 at 4:11 pm

    You certainly have a sharp eye to find these, Divya:)

    • dNambiar
      6 February 2017 at 7:55 pm

      My eyes do spot art very quickly. And I used to have loads of pictures of them in the travel albums. Later when I came across this meme I was like — wow– now I have an excuse to put them up. 😀

      And now I seem everywhere! literally. 🙂

      Thank you for coming this way, Mr. Bhatia. And have a great week. 🙂

        7 February 2017 at 4:54 am

        A pleasure to find the beauties on this blog, Divya:)

        • dNambiar
          7 February 2017 at 5:37 pm

          Thank you so much. 🙂
          It’s such a pleasure to share them too. 🙂

  • Mural
    6 February 2017 at 4:31 pm

    The second one is really colourful, I liked it very much

    • dNambiar
      6 February 2017 at 7:56 pm

      Welcome here.

  • Tara Nair
    7 February 2017 at 7:47 am

    Both look very creative. I love artists beautifying the world in this way. It makes you stop and have a look at it even when we are in hustle. Thanks for sharing this dear 🙂

    • dNambiar
      7 February 2017 at 5:41 pm

      I swear. I love the colour they add to the surroundings.
      Thank you so much for coming this way and leaving a comment.

      And welcome here, Tara. 🙂

  • Amit Misra
    7 February 2017 at 7:23 pm

    This is what civilization is all about. When survival is not an issue, the individual strives to bring beauty in everyday affairs.

    • dNambiar
      8 February 2017 at 12:20 am

      Hmm… yeah. I never really thought of that. Thank you for sharing that thought, Amit. 🙂

  • Umashankar
    8 February 2017 at 3:48 am

    Those murals give those utility boxes unmissable character. You surely have an eye for the gems in the rubble of quotidian existence.

    • dNambiar
      9 February 2017 at 7:36 pm

      They do.
      Thank you so much USP. 🙂

      (btw, I just learnt a new word. 😉 Thanks again).

  • klara
    8 February 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I always LOVE when I see some art/improvement/beautification of basic objects (trash bins or so…) like those utility boxes.

    • dNambiar
      9 February 2017 at 7:39 pm

      I’m sure.
      And beautifying utility boxes is such a great idea.
      Thank you Klara. 🙂

  • Tales of Travelling Sisters
    9 February 2017 at 7:12 am

    First mural gives us an impression of a robotic dog where as second mural has very beautiful colors which goes perfectly well on that box! 🙂

    • dNambiar
      9 February 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Robotic was the idea I got too, when I saw it. 🙂
      The second one is very bright and striking, is it not?

      Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

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