BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Arts Commission is looking to expand citywide a popular downtown graphic public art project produced by Liberty High School students.

The freshly painted utility boxes highlighting Brentwood's agricultural roots were unveiled last spring by Liberty's Arts and Humanities Academy. The student artists painted colorful images of locally grown produce on five utility boxes and the community responded favorably to their public artwork.

"They did a great job with the boxes overall," Brentwood Arts Commissioner Danny Senn said. "The utility boxes were pretty popular."

Through the proposed public art project, commissioners said that they hope to infuse public art into areas of the city where it is now lacking.

Some potential locations the commissioners wish to study for more utility boxes are Balfour Road at Fairview Avenue, Sand Creek Road at Fairview, Lone Tree Way at Fairview, O'Hara Avenue at Sand Creek, Garin Parkway at Sand Creek, Sunset Road at Garin Parkway, Sunset at Brentwood Boulevard, Balfour at Walnut Avenue, and Lone Tree at Shady Willow Lane.

Commissioner Brian Carleton said that he would like to see decorated utility boxes in areas of the city that are not well-groomed. He envisions places like empty fields or near local schools.

"I love the idea of these kids walking by the boxes," he said. "I love these boxes."

The Brentwood City Council allocated $10,706 from the city's public art funds to support the educational project produced by high school art students.


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The commission will further study the locations of future utility boxes and the idea will eventually be reviewed by the Brentwood City Council for final approval. The commission will also be making alterations to its priority list for future public art locations.

The commission's current public art project is slated for the south side of Balfour Road. Four selected artists will bring their final sculpture proposals to the commission in September and the council in October.

According to Senn, both whimsical and functional sculptures are being proposed for that location. Upon approval, the public art sculpture should be installed in 2014.