Ohio St. & Adams Ave.
This box is one of the older ones we have in Normal Heights. I don’t know when it was painted, but if I had to guess I’d say its at least six years ago. Unfortunately for a lot of public art pieces but especially utility boxes, six years is right around the end of their natural lives. You can get more life of out a piece like that by hiring someone like me to do graffiti removal and maintenance on it, but unless the artist you’ve commissioned used very expensive paints and supplies and the box was expertly prepped and primed, you’ll start to notice the effect time and the elements have.
I set out with the goal of removing the “TEAR” tag and seeing what else I could do to brighten and clean up any other errants marks on this box. Much as I wanted to cover other faint tags (written in orange paint on the pug’s face for example) it was not possible to remove all of them in this one session. So I covered up the most obvious one, and cleaned off any others I could with a melamine sponge.