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
a labor of love."
~ Rachelle Escamilla
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