Outside the Box

In Warren, The Avenue Concept transforms electrical boxes into works of art


The outdoor electrical box is no beauty. Bulky, rectangular, and usually gray, the electrical box squats outside of large buildings, ignored by everyone who passes. All those blank surfaces beg for some decoration – and thanks to The Avenue Concept, the public arts organization based in Providence, two such boxes in Warren have received an attractive makeover.

The boxes are both painted yellow and bear illustrations of maritime icons: paddles, oyster shells, seaweed, and rigging. They were created by two local artists: William Schaff, who frequently designs the covers of music albums, and Adam Tracy, a founding member of The Collaborative art space.

In Providence, The Avenue Concept has developed public art for 25 electrical boxes so far, but these are the first to exist in Warren.

“We’re excited to embark on this partnership to bring more public art to the Town of Warren,” says Yarrow Thorne, founder and artistic director of The Avenue Concept. “Our mission is to create art projects that have an impact on the community and tell local stories. These first two installments of the electrical box project reflect the thriving arts community here in Warren. We look forward to expanding this partnership.”

So, keep an eye out. There’s more to come.


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