Friday, April 24, 2015

U is for. . .


Utility boxes.

Last December, the City of Hollister funded a project to paint murals on five plain utility boxes throughout Downtown Hollister. The murals, painted by Joel Esqueda and Rolan Resendiz, local artists, depict various cultural aspects of Hollister and San Benito County.

The mural on the utility box at the northwest corner of South and San Benito Streets celebrates cowboys and the annual rodeo.


At the northwest corner of North and San Felipe Streets is another utility box with a colorful mural. It honors the Ballet Folklorico, a traditional Mexican dance performed at local festivities.


On this utility box is a poem by local award-winning poet Rachelle Linda Escamilla. It reads:
"Our hands, like water, 
shape the land. 
Our bodies split 
the grassland; 
this valley 
a labor of love."
~ Rachelle Escamilla 


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6 comments:

  1. Awesome U share! Love those colorful utility boxes with awesome quotes too! Hope your weekend is wonderful and I appreciate your share.

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    1. Thanks, Anne. May yours be a wonderful one as well.

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  2. Sweet little town



    ALOHA from Honolulu,
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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  3. hey! A rodeo . . That's a happy thought . . and, the folklorico dancers . . can't you almost heart the stomping? Art, such a great gift . . . I wonder who first thought to invite local artists to decorate utility boxes?

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    1. I think it was the San Benito County Arts Council that proposed this project to the city. Five are to be painted. I don't know if the other 3 are done yet. The Husband and I went searching but could only find these two.

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