Sequim looks to expand utility box art program; designs, sponsors sought
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A decorated vinyl wrap adorns a utility box at the corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street in Sequim. The wrap was designed by Jamestown SKlallam totem designer Dale Faustich and sponsored by the tribe. City officials are seeking design submissions and sponsorships to decorate more utility boxes. Joe Smillie/Peninsula Daily News

By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM –– After getting positive feedback about three utility boxes wrapped in vinyl art scenes depicting life in the Dungeness Valley, city officials are looking for more artists and sponsors to expand the public art installation.

“People really seem to like them, and we’ve gotten lots of good, positive comments on them,” said Barbara Hanna, the city’s marketing and communications director.

“We’d like to do more.”

Three boxes were wrapped in vinyl prints of scenes designed by local artists as part of the city’s centennial celebration in 2013.

Gary Robertson’s design of Sequim’s outdoors adorns a box at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Washington Street.

Karelyn Ghormley’s dreamscape of the valley is around a box at Third Avenue and Washington Street.

Jamestown S’Klallam totem designer Dale Faustich’s tribal print is featured on the box at the corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street.

Hanna said the city has identified four more utility boxes it would like to wrap with art featuring designs by locals.

“It makes them just so much more interesting than the drab boxes,” she said.

Each utility box has a label with a QR code on it so those carrying smart phones can scan them for more information on the art.

Those that have been put up already were sponsored by local organizations for $1,500 each, with $500 going to the artist and $1,000 to production and installation.

To submit a design or sponsor a box, contact Hanna at 360-681-3422 or bhanna@sequimwa.gov.

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Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at jsmillie@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: March 09. 2014 7:27PM
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