Judith Shriner’s image A Quarter of Four covers the utility box at Seventh Street and Austin Avenue on the downtown Square. Shriner’s quilt patterns on the Seventh Street box introduce the colors and textures of a quilt to a downtown corner.
Utility boxes are large, often green or plain stainless steel boxes that are on many downtown corners. They house the electrical equipment for traffic signals and street lights. Big, plain surfaces often invite tagging, so communities have taken the initiative to cover the plain surfaces with exciting graphics in an endless array of designs and colors. In 2012, the City of Georgetown published a call for artists to submit images with which two downtown utility boxes could be wrapped. Five artists submitted a total of nine images, and the Arts and Culture Board selected two, awarding each of the artists a $100 honorarium.