Luther Burbank High School
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
In the morning of the first day of November, Councilmember Larry Carr held a press conference unveiling the D8CRE8 Project. The community, artists, art commissioners, the Councilmember, and Mayor gathered to the presentation of the project and talk about the importance of art in the community. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg spoke about Sacramento's commitment to art, adding that "art is an essential piece of neighborhood revitalization." One of the artists participating in the project, Shonna McDaniels, expressed that "public art has the ability to ignite and uplift a community."
The art project is already creating a buzz, with the community noticing the beauty of each box wrapped in art. Councilmember Carr shared his favorite story about the project where, "people are getting in their cars and driving down the street and playing a game of find the pretty box...it's amazing."
Every box wrapped in art carries meaning. The artist's were tasked to observe the surrounding community and determine how to beautify the boxes, so as to represent the community. Artists used a variety of media that includes photography, painting, and collages to develop their designs.
Councilmember Carr's art project derives from the community's desire for more art in the District. The 27 signal/utility boxes wrapped in art represents Councilmember Carr's continued efforts to do so. While these boxes are normally plain and not aesthetically pleasing, in a way being a "lemon" in the community, this project gives these boxes beauty and life. As the saying goes, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade."