Artists Selected to Transform Utility Boxes

Artists Selected to Transform Utility Boxes

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) announced the artists selected to beautify the utility’s transformer boxes in the Park Street business area this week. As part of its Power Box Art project in partnership with the Park Street Business Association (PSBA) and Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW), AMP selected nine adult artists and one student artist to have their work reproduced on a vinyl wrapper for several designated utility boxes. 

Selected artists are: Emily Bonnes, Delena Britnell, Nancy Crookston, Flavia Krasilchik, Clare Rickard, Chris Rummel, Stephen Seche, Jessica Warren, and Wesley Warren. Six-year-old Lars Petersen III was selected in the student category. All artists are Alameda residents.

Artists were chosen via a judging panel comprised of Mayor Marie Gilmore, Public Utilities Board President Madeline Deaton, Alameda Sun Publisher Eric J. Kos, Alameda artist and Cal State East Bay instructor Dickson Schneider, and PSBA representative, and active gallery operator, Julie Baron of Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden. More than 100 submissions were reviewed by the judges.

Each artist’s work reflects ways in which the community can reduce its carbon footprint through renewable power sources, cleaner transportation, recycling and reuse, shopping local, supporting farmers’ markets, or water and energy conservation. 

The artwork will be unveiled on the utility boxes on Friday, Sept. 12. That evening, a celebration at RCW K Gallery will feature the works by the selected artists along with all of the submissions received. The event is free and open to the public.

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