Utility Box Art | A Guide to South Pasadena’s Public Art Project

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | "Musical Instruments" by Steve Farrow in South Pasadena

South Pasadena has an enduring arts legacy and culture that dates back for decades. From South Pasadena resident Nelbert Chouinard establishing the Chouinard Art Institute in 1921 to Judson Studios to Arts Crawls to the Museum of Free Art to local art galleries, art is a part of South Pasadena’s fabric.

In 2015, SPARC partnered with the City of South Pasadena to transform the plain traffic signal boxes scattered throughout town into beautiful works of art. These boxes were painted by local artists and are varied in style, with many showcasing themes specific to South Pasadena. The initial ten boxes were greeted with much enthusiasm and praise from the community that SPARC commissioned twenty more boxes culminating in a total of thirty boxes completed.

Public art builds community and these boxes capture the spirit of South Pasadena’s unique history and distinctive culture.

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PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Jacaranda Spring” by Laurie Hendricks in South Pasadena

800 block of Mission Street

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “In the Evening of All Things to Be…” by Timothy Smith in South Pasadena

900 block of Mission Street next to the Gold Line Station

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Route 66 Forever” by Don Bloom in South Pasadena

Northwest corner of Monterey Road and Fremont Avenue

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Bonzai Tree” by Mike Saijo in South Pasadena

Northwest corner of Monterey Road and Fair Oaks Avenue

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Concert on the Green” by Valerie Trimarchi in South Pasadena

Southeast corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and Oxley Street

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Ostriches #7” by Kelly Conte in South Pasadena

Southeast corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and El Centro Street

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “The Parrots of South Pasadena” by Tatiana Viquez in South Pasadena

1000 block of Fremont Avenue – in front of South Pasadena post office

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | Ostrich, Coyote, Parrot” by Yuki Toy in South Pasadena

Southwest corner of Mission Street and Fair Oaks Avenue

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “The Gold Rose” by Suzann Berti in South Pasadena

Northeast corner of Mission Street and Fremont Avenue

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Girl Talk” by Lekit Im in South Pasadena

Northeast corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and Hope Street

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Squirrel’s Day Off ” by Ricardo Cerezo in South Pasadena

Southwest corner of Mission Street and Garfield Avenue

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Drifting” by Victoria Arriola in South Pasadena

Northeast corner of Huntington Drive and Marengo Avenue

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Appropriate Inhabitants” by Renee Fox in South Pasadena

Northeast corner of Mission Street and Grand Avenue

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Small Wonders” by Grace Hae Lee in South Pasadena

Northeast corner of Fair Oaks Ave and Oak Avenue

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Cake and Birds” by Mary-Linn Hughes in South Pasadena

Northwest corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and Rollin Street

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Duck” by Ian Robertson-Salt in South Pasadena

Southwest corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and Bank Street

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Popsicle” by Lucy Jensen in South Pasadena

Northwest corner of Monterey Road and Diamond Avenue

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “21st Century Art and Culture” by Mahara Sinclaire in South Pasadena

Northwest corner of Monterey Road and Meridian Avenue

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Gold Fish” by Narges Nourozi in South Pasadena

Northwest corner of Monterey Road and Loma Vista Court

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Musical Instruments” by Steve Farrow in South Pasadena

Northeast corner of Monterey Road and Railroad Alley

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Save the Bees” by Nuria Orriz in South Pasadena

Southeast corner of Pasadena Avenue and Arroyo Verde Road

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Legends” by Hembert Guardado in South Pasadena

Northeast corner of Fremont Avenue and Grevelia Street

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Tipanie Blossoms” by Mer Young in South Pasadena

Northwest corner of State Street and Raymondale Drive

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Textile Facets” by Alee Peoples in South Pasadena

Southwest corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and Columbia Street

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Houses” by Shannon Freshwater in South Pasadena

Southwest corner of Fremont Avenue and Oak Street

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Iconic South Pasadena” by Luis Grane in South Pasadena

Northwest corner of Huntington Drive and Fletcher Avenue

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Kiosk” by Ryan Stephens in South Pasadena

Southwest corner of Fremont Avenue and Bank Street

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “A Modern South Pasadena Woven” by Katrina Alexy in South Pasadena

Northwest corner of Fremont Avenue and Rollin Street

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Parrots on the Move” by Victor Henderson in South Pasadena

Northwest corner of Fremont Avenue and Elm Park Street

PHOTO: Tina Kistinger | SouthPasadenan.com News | “Man Eating Pie” by Paul Juno in South Pasadena

Northeast corner of Fremont Avenue and Huntington Drive

Rick Leddy, a local writer, was inspired by the SPARC project and wrote poems for each box. His art is represented in the SPARC Utility Art Box Book along with the art of each box. Pre-order your book today and proceeds will go to the South Pasadena Arts Council.

 

 


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