From eyesore to artistry

Christos Hamawi, who painted the above mural, says the PaintBox program solves two problems: the need to deter vandalism and improve the appearance of essential but unattractive structures (see top image), and not enough funding or opportunities for public art and local artists. Photo: Christos Hamawi

What qualifies as “art” versus “graffiti” hasn't come up when approving designs, but “it's an ongoing discussion in the realm of public art,” says Karin Goodfellow, staff director for the Boston Art Commission. This utility box was painted by Adam O'Day. Photo: Adam O'Day

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