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Local artists kick off Dedham utility box painting project

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  May 8, 2013 01:17 PM

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Artists have begun painting three utility boxes as part of a collaboration between Dedham Shines and the Dedham Public Works Department.

The residents and town employees have identified 11 utility boxes that will be painted in total.

“We are looking for designs that give a nod to the culture of Dedham or that blend in well with the environment. The first three designs have a mix of both,” said Jennifer Barsamian, co-founder of Dedham Shines.

The utility box painting project is a follow up to last year’s Dedham Public Art Project, which brought 15 fiberglass five-foot rabbits to town. Most of the painters were local artists.

For the utility boxes, the Dedham Shines design committee met on April 15 and looked over submissions, deciding who would paint the first three boxes. The first boxes are at the intersection of Milton and Walnut streets, the intersection of Washington Street and Incinerator Road, and at the intersection of Common Street and Great Meadow Road.

The committee decided on Dedham artists Sal D’Antona and Dawn Simmons as well as Milton artist Sue Hoy. D’Antona painted the Bengal Bunny during the first Dedham Public Art Project and Sue Hoy painted the Lady Bugs Bunny.

Simmons said she was happy to be able to participate and that she was dedicating her design to her daughter, a student at the Dedham Public Schools.

“Having returned to my hometown two years ago and being able to raise my daughter in such a wonderful community is truly a gift,” Simmons said. “This project is my small way of giving back to the town that I love and my small way of letting my child make her own mark in Dedham.”

For more information about the project, visit www.dedhamshines.org.

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