“Streets Alive” Brings Art To City Utility Boxes

Christina Monzer (Streets Alive! project assistant), Brad Aldridge, Jim Horner, Kira Stoll, Ariana Katovich (Streets Alive! director), Ryan Kerrigan (artist of utility box on Shattuck and Allston) and family in front of D. Cichon’s utility boxes at Shattuck & University.

Community members gathered at the UC Berkeley campus Tuesday, April 24 to celebrate the unveiling of new pieces of public art – placed on utility boxes owned by the City of Berkeley, and was paid for by the university’s Chancellor Community Partnership Fund.
The project was produced by the Earth Island Institute’s Streets Alive Initiative, which aims to bring more art and nature to the streetscape.
Local artists were chosen to design original works based on the theme of “Sustainability,” and the university worked in partnership with the city’s Civic Arts Commission to select and approve the art.
The Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund contributed $20,000 to this effort, paying for art on 7 boxes around the campus edge.
The works unveiled were:
“Plum Blossoms and Pole” by Robbin L. Henderson at the corner of Berkeley Way and Oxford;
“Leaf Study” and “Tree Cathedral” by Dotti Cichon at Shattuck and University;
Sending Signals” by Brad Aldridge at the corner of Hearst and Oxford;
“Grow” by Erin Johnson at the corner of Durant and Telegraph; and
“Cross Section” by Keenan Gravier at the corner of Telegraph and Bancroft.
A walking tour included speeches by the artists who designed the art, a question and answer session with the printer and installer Bay Area Sign Installation, and remarks by the university, the Earth Island Institute and Councilmember Jesse Arreguin.