Found in Saratoga

Spotted in Saratoga: This week for Monday Mural here's another utility box with art on it, this one by local artist Tina Liddie.
Tina Liddie art

Utility box art, Saratoga, CA

Found in Saratoga -- utility box art by Tina Liddie.

Artist: Tina Liddie, Saratoga, CA.

In the fall, we had been to Saratoga, CA to see some fall colors at Hakone Gardens, a Japanese Garden in the city. Later as we drove through Saratoga Village, we found that there was so much colour all over the city. In the middle of all that fall foliage, I spotted — what looked like — cherry blossoms. They were on a utility box in Saratoga Village.

Painted onto the box were squirrels, birds, butterflies, blossoms and green rolling hills — a picture of spring. I looked up the painting and found that the artist behind this work is Tina Liddie, a Saratoga artist.

Saratoga’s utility box art project

I also learned that the City of Saratoga is on a mission to turn all the not-so-attractive utility boxes in the city into canvases, to turn them into pieces of art that are pleasing to look at. The city apparently has been taking in entries for public art in the city. The paintings are then presented to the residents of Saratoga, who will vote for the paintings they would like to see on their streets.

This picture of Spring by Tina Liddie is from the 2017 collection. The city is now preparing to put up its next set of public art. By the end of February, the paintings should be finalized and the new pieces of art should be up by May 2018.

More about Saratoga’s utility box art project on the city’s official website.

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Utility box art in Saratoga, CA

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8 Comments on this post.
  • tomthebackroadstraveller
    4 February 2018 at 10:48 pm
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    …utility boxes have become canvases on the street.

    • dNambiar
      5 February 2018 at 11:29 am
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      True. And aren’t we glad! 🙂
      Have a great week, Tom.

  • Sami
    5 February 2018 at 4:23 am
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    Thanks for taking part Dyvia, glad the electrical boxes are being painted, they look so much better.

    • dNambiar
      5 February 2018 at 11:31 am
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      Oh yeah — so much better.
      Thank you so much for taking up the responsibility of hosting this wonderful meme, Sami. 🙂
      Have a lovely week. 🙂

  • Umashankar
    5 February 2018 at 8:59 pm
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    Innovative and serenic! Out here in our ‘incredible’ country, they’re the top victims of illegal and crude bills, pamphlets, graffiti, and even unsavoury messages. Thanks for ushering the cherry blossoms!

    • dNambiar
      7 February 2018 at 12:43 pm
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      It was such a pretty sight on what might have been an awkward looking box on the street. 🙂

      The pamphlets and posters that mar our streets are far from pretty. I also wish something was done about the murals once the paint begins to wear off.
      Graffiti seems to happen everywhere. It’s sad when they appear on lovely pieces of street art.

  • Lady Fi
    7 February 2018 at 7:59 pm
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    That is so pretty!

    • dNambiar
      8 February 2018 at 3:54 pm
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      It sure is pretty.
      Thank you for coming this way, Lady Fi.

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