Glendale officials are seeking proposals from artists who want to paint murals on 26 utility boxes to brighten up downtown Glendale.
Painting the utility boxes would be the first step in a $1.4 million plan to make Glendale more arts-friendly like other cities such as Santa Monica and Pasadena.
The city is on a mission to shake its reputation as boring, an effort that began with a new branding campaign approved a few years ago and a revived downtown plan that has ushered in numerous hip apartment projects.
“The fact that people are going to walk down Brand Boulevard and Maryland and be able to see a pop of color is going to be beyond words for all of us,” said Annette Vartanian, Glendale’s arts and culture supervisor, during an Arts & Culture Commission meeting this week.
The lower-level commission on Thursday chose the theme “Double Take” for the mural program, which tasks artists with coming up with a concept that plays off perception and double meaning.