Cape Coral looking to beautify utility boxes with the help of local artists

Reporter: Asha Patel Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Artists are getting their paintbrushes ready for a chance to make something boring look beautiful. They are submitting their best artwork to decorate a utility box on Southeast 47th Terrace in Cape Coral.

Monica Wildonger is one of the artists who would love the chance to show off her special skills on a utility box.

“It’s crazy. It’s still mind-boggling,” said Wildonger.

Wildonger has been painting for years and believes this project will help Cape Coral stand out from other cities.

Wildonger said, “Cape Coral should be the destination, not just, let’s go have dinner there and go somewhere else, and I think we need to do more things to keep people here.”

Martina Kilgo is another artist the city is considering. She loves that Cape Coral is getting creative to make even a utility box appealing. “Even if mine, if none of mine will end up on the box, just happy that there will be these pictures of artwork of artist of Cape Coral basically exhibited on the streets.”

Julie Gerhard is part of the Cape Coral Art Center . She said 15 utility boxes on 47th Terrance Street need 15 different artists to make them stand out.

The goal is to bring more art and culture to the community

“Wonderful for photos taking your picture with the art. Art just makes any environment more visually stimulating and interesting to interact with,” said Gerhard.

Gerhard said artists will be selected at the beginning of February

Winners will receive a 500 dollar stipend to help with the cost of supplies needed to create the art on the utility boxes.

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