Paint the City

Calling all Saratoga Artists! Now is your chance to turn plain utility boxes into works of art. Through the Paint the City: Saratoga Utility Box Art Project, a total of 7 City utility boxes will be painted by Saratoga artists.

Program Flyer & Map (PDF)
Interactive Map


Applications are due by December 2, 2017 and applicants must be Saratoga residents age 10 years or older.
Groups of artists that meet this criteria may also apply.
Artists may only submit one application per location.
All entries must include conceptual artwork for each utility box location and should reflect the history, heritage, culture, geography, or neighborhood or area where the box is located.
Selected artists will be eligible to receive a $400 or $500 stipend depending on box location.

Application (PDF) or apply online
Design Template (if applying online, download this PDF and upload with online application)

Artist Selection

After the December 2 application deadline, the Public Art Committee will select 3 applications per utility box location to be posted on online for residents to rank. The highest ranked design at each location will be presented to the City Council for approval in February 2018.

Painting at all locations will begin on March 24, 2018 and must be complete by April 30, 2018.

Recommended Paint

Artists are responsible for providing all necessary supplies and tools, including paint and brushes. Paint should be premium 100% acrylic latex paint with low-sheen, eggshell or satin finish is recommended. Paint should be minimum 1.5 mil dry thickness per coat. A polyurethane top coat (marine grade) should be applied on top of the completed artwork. The City will coordinate the cleaning and priming of the utility boxes prior to the first day of painting. Following completion of the artwork murals, the City will seal the utility boxes with a UV-protective and anti-graffiti clear-coat.

Suggested Paint Products:
•Nova Color
•Sherwin Williams: Accolade Exterior Acrylic Latex, Satin
•Pratt and Lambert: Accolade Exterior Acrylic Latex, Eggshell
•Benjamin Moore: Aura Exterior Acrylic Latex #634 Low Luster
•Frazee #126 Mirror Glide Low Sheen Acrylic Latex
•Kelly Moore #1245 Acry-Shield Acrylic Latex Low Sheen

Suggested Top Coat:
•Vella 5% Fluoride Varnish