Utility boxes get artists’ touches

Utility boxes get artists’ touches
Artist Seitaku “Tak” Aoyama works to finish his painting on a utility box on Coast Highway 101 near Encinitas Boulevard on Monday. Photo by Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — Not far from the intersection of Encinitas Boulevard and Coast Highway 101, artist Seitaku “Tak” Aoyama was spending part of Sunday and Monday working to finish the artwork he was creating on a utility box.

Working with vibrant colors as gold and pink, and a checkerboard pattern of blue and white, Aoyama said he just wanted his box to be “really prominent.”

Aoyama, with eight other artists are participating in a project called “The Utility of Art.” The event is put on by the area’s three Main Street Associations of Leucadia, Encinitas and Cardiff.

Aoyama, a Lecuadia resident for the past six years, was born in Tokyo, Japan.

“The direction in which we drive our lives is always in our hands,” he writes on his Web site taksanart.com. “We are all the kings or queens of the individual life we are given. An overload of information often takes over this role. I paint reminder messages for each of us to embrace and reassume reign over our own lives.”

SDG&E gave approval for the utility boxes to be painted, and Rhino Art Supply, with Crown Ace Hardware helped supply materials used.

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