A bit of whimsy in the city | painted

It could be the parkette where you stop and sit on a hot day, it could be the charming alleyway that you pass that makes you smile, your favourite walking path, the best graffiti… it could be anything. If I have to live in a big city, little hidden gems that charm me, make me stop and really look or do a double-take are what makes a city mine. 

These painted utility boxes, scattered around street corners in Toronto, are some of those little charmers.

As part of an anti-graffiti effort nine utility boxes at select intersections downtown were re-imagined by artists last year and the project was expanded this year to include other areas of the city. There is a list but it’s more fun if you look for them.

Painted utility box


Farm painted utility box


Fish painted utility box