Paint the City

You Decide! Pick Your Favorite Artwork

The City of Saratoga needs your help to turn drab utility boxes into works of art. Saratoga artists were invited to submit conceptual artwork for 7 different utility box locations throughout the City. 

The City received more than 50 stunning submittals. The Saratoga Public Art Committee narrowed the choices to 2 or 3 options for each of the locations.

Now, Saratoga residents get to choose their favorite conceptual artwork for each of the 7 locations! Participate in an online survey by February 7, 2018 to pick your favorite artwork for each location. The survey is for Saratoga residents only. 

Artwork that receives the most votes will be presented to the City Council on February 21, 2018 for final approval.

Painting will begin on March 24, 2018, weather permitting, and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2018.

Note: Some locations include 2 boxes. Artists were allowed to submit 2 designs for a single location if the proposed artwork will be substantially different for the 2 boxes. As a result, some options include 2 designs.  

About Paint the City 

Saratoga artists age 10 years or older were invited to submit conceptual artwork by December 2, 2017 for 7 utility box locations throughout the City of Saratoga. Selected artists will be eligible to receive a $400 or $500 stipend depending on box location.

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