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What Some San Clemente Utility Boxes Will Soon Look Like

One of six designs selected to be painted on a San Clemente utility box. This one is Meghann & Fred Nelsen, “Ole’s Secret Garden.”
One of six designs selected to be painted on a San Clemente utility box. This one is Meghann & Fred Nelsen, “Ole’s Secret Garden.”
From a city of San Clemente press release:

The city of San Clemente and the San Clemente Art Association are pleased to announce the artists whose artwork will appear as public art on six more utility boxes identified for beautification.  

Since the inception of the city’s “Street Art” program in 2010, 10 utility boxes have been painted. With its overwhelming success, the San Clemente City Council has continued the program which enables utility boxes along public streets to be painted by local artists with images depicting San Clemente’s culture, traditions and history.  

The call for artists concluded on Feb. 21 and a jury panel comprised of artists, art professionals and community representatives judged all 53 entries. The jury panel selected the following artists and their respective art, which in their opinion best reflects the quality of the community and captures the local culture in a positive way.

  • Meghann & Fred Nelsen, “Ole’s Secret Garden”  (Ave. Las Palmas & Camino De Estrella)
  • Jason Kuncas, “Spanish Tile” (Camino De Estrella & Camino Mira Costa)
  • Josh Risch, “Endless Bummer? Yeah Right!” (Ave. Pico near Ave. Vera Cruz)
  • Joan Gonzales, “San Clemente Sea Shore” (Ave. Pico near Ave. La Pata)
  • Dennis Ruble, “Wild Ride” (Ave. Pico near Vera Cruz)
  • Audrey Miller, “Summer Sun” (Ave. Pico & Via Pacifica)

The artists will paint their assigned utility boxes during the period of April 16-30.  A public viewing is slated for from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 27 to allow members of the public an opportunity to watch the artists paint the utility boxes. 

A map showing the location of the boxes, along with pictures of the selected pieces, can be found at www.san-clemente.org/streetartinfo.  

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