SPARC | Utility Box Art Featured in The Art Box Poems

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | South News | The Art Box Poems by Rick Leddy published by SPARC


SPARC has released it’s very first book.

In collaboration with the City of South Pasadena, SPARC’s Art Box Project began in 2015 as SPARC commissioned professional artists to elevate the city’s utility boxes with vivid abstract designs and images reflecting the City’s iconic wild parrots, its history, and its place along iconic Route 66. The Art Box Poems features photographs of these strikingly transformed boxes, each commemorated in the evocative work of poet Rick Leddy, who was inspired by the project. 

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Stroll South Pasadena and visit all 30 boxes following the SPARC Art Box map or use the guide in The South Pasadenan.


Founded as a grassroots effort in 2010, the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) today is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization that develops educational and public arts programs, creates interactive projects, and collaborates with other organizations in the City of South Pasadena and the surrounding Los Angeles area to foster and produce cultural events featuring the visual, performing, literary and media arts. SPARC is able to accomplish this through the generosity, good will, financial support, and involvement of a supportive community of artists, arts enthusiasts, businesses, and volunteers.
The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) is open to people in all the creative fields, art appreciators, art patrons, educators, and others interested in helping the arts thrive in South Pasadena and neighboring communities. Information about SPARC: