Street Art Comes to Harvard Square!

The Harvard Square Business Association (HSBA) proudly announces the unveiling of the Utility Box Art project. Conceived by the HSBA's Hospitality Committee, a group of representatives from restaurants, hotels and cultural institutions who meet monthly to plan events and improvement projects, the installation consists of 12 utility boxes throughout the Square painted by local artists and students.
“We were thrilled to execute this project proposed by the committee.  Not only is the artwork aesthetically appealing but research shows that art in public spaces significantly reduces graffiti, “ Daniel Andrew, owner of Trademark Tours and co-chair of the Hospitality Committee remarked. 

Summer Lee, a student from South Korea currently studying English at Kaplan stated,  “As an illustrator and painter, I am excited to have the opportunity to lend my craft to this exciting project.  It is an honor to know that when I leave Cambridge to return to Korea, a piece of my heart will be left behind .”

Locations of the vivid and innovated boxes are listed below.  Stop by and see all of them!   

  • 1238 Massachusetts Avenue across the street from the Hong Kong, painted by local artist Dennis Smith
  • 30 Brattle Street in front of Bob Slate Stationer, painted by Dennis Smith
  • 684 Massachusetts Avenue in front of the Smith Campus Center, painted by Dennis Smith
  • 2 boxes at the corner of Holyoke Street and Massachusetts Avenue painted by Dennis Smith
  • 1440 Massachusetts Avenue in front of Liquiteria by Harvard Square legend, Antonio Maycott.  Antonio can be found most days by the Out of Town News Kiosk delighting passerbys with his unique take on spray paint art.
  • 6 JFK Street, in front of CVS painted by Antonio Maycott
  • 10 Eliot Street, outside of Charlie’s Kitchen painted by Harvard student, Julia Grotto
  • Winthrop Park at the Corner of Mt. Auburn and JFK Street painted by Harvard students Nicole Flett and Montita Sowapark.  Additional Winthrop Park box painted by Summer Lee, a Korean native studying at Kaplan School of English.
  • John Sumner Statue by Johnson Gate painted by Harvard student, Grace Chen
  • Intersection of Eliot Street and JFK Street painted by the grade school children of The Community Art Center in Cambridge.

Click here to view full gallery.