Art on Utility Boxes & Library Cards

The Mill Avenue District Utility Boxes Projects have transformed 10 unremarkable traffic control boxes from dust covered cabinets to 5-sided canvases. Local artists were commissioned to paint a two-dimensional depiction of the uniqueness of Arizona and Downtown Tempe, bringing public art to the street corners of the Mill Avenue District.

Phase I, 2012: Six local artists each painted a utility box located on Mill Avenue between Rio Salado Parkway and 7th Street. These designs are also featured on City of Tempe Library cards, currently available at Tempe Public Library. This dual public art project was supported cooperatively by the City of Tempe and Downtown Tempe Community.

Phase, II, 2014: Four local artists each painted a utility box, three located on Ash Avenue between Rio Salado Parkway and 5th Street, and one on 5th Street at College Avenue. This public art project was supported cooperatively by the City of Tempe, Downtown Tempe Community, and Core Campus.


Phase I


Oliverio Balcells Oliverio Balcells
Tempe Roots, 2012
5th Street & Mill Avenue
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Colton Brock

Colton Brock
Mill District, 2012
3rd Street & Mill Avenue
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Dawn DeVries Sokol Dawn DeVries Sokol
Be the Good, 2012
6th Street & Mill Avenue
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Bud Heiss Bud Heiss
Sonoran Afternoon, 2012
4th Street & Mill Avenue
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Linda Parker Linda Parker
Day Dreaming at Town Lake, 2012
7th Street & Mill Avenue
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Lucretia Torva Lucretia Torva
Tempe Shine, 2012
Rio Salado Parkway & Mill Avenue
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Phase II



Boyd_Tempe Chris Boyd
Tempe Transitioning, 2014
5th Street & Ash Avenue
Brown_Faces Andy Brown
Faces and Places, 2014
5th Street & College Avenue
Gamboa_Imagine
Tawny Gamboa
Imagine, 2014
3rd Street & Ash Avenue
Townsend_Color
Jesa Townsend
Color Perspective, 2014
Rio Salado Parkway & Ash Avenue