I came upon an artist on June 5 who was painting a utility box in Ocean Beach. Alicia Garcia, a 33-year-old student of art history, said it usually takes three to four days to complete a painting. She had until the end of June to decorate her box on Bacon Street.
Garcia said she "studied at San Francisco State University and is very fond of abstract art." She appeared to be painting the leaves of a bird of paradise.
Utility-box art is not sponsored by the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture, according to a 2009 document at sandiego.gov; rather, business improvement districts tend to conduct the programs. Utility-box paintings have led to community beautification projects that now include murals, sidewalk poetry, mosaics, birdhouses, and decorative benches.