Artists add a colorful touch to Silver Lake utility boxes

Photo courtesy SLNC

How did a white unicorn make it’s way to the corner of Hyperion Avenue and Griffith Park Boulevard?  You can thank a group of artists who are turning some utilitarian electrical boxes across Silver Lake into canvases for some eye-catching and whimsical works of art.  With funding from the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council and donations from local businesses, eight  artists and one youth group began painting the boxes last weekend and are scheduled to finish this coming Sunday.

“The objective of the project is to beautify the neighborhood, decorate public space, and showcase local community and artists,” according to a statement distributed by Amy Clarke, co-chair of the council’s Arts & Culture Committee.

The Silver Lake Electrical Box Art Project began in 2011, with the program focusing on boxes primarily on Sunset Boulevard. This year, boxes will be painted  near Melrose Avenue and  Hoover Street,  Rowena and Hyperion avenues, and  Silver Lake and Glendale Boulevard.

Photos of the completed boxes will be posted on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Facebook page.


  1. This is so cool.

  2. I saw a few of them being painted last week. I wonder how long the one on Melrose and Hoover will last until it gets tagged by the dogs who mark their territory.

  3. ‘shroomy…

  4. yeah, wonder how long the one near Rowena will last before a developer will buy it and put a a totally whitebread SMALL lot development

    • Just as long as it takes the private property owner to sell. As a community, we should make sure the development is quirky, just like these boxes. Feel the quirky magic of Silver Lake.

  5. words cannot express how badly my neighborhood needed a unicorn. many thanks to all involve in this project!

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