The City of Malibu Cultural Arts Commission selected three artists to paint one-of-a-kind artwork on four City-owned utility boxes in the Civic Center area as part of the City’s public art initiative. The artists will begin their work in late September and are expected to complete the project by November 2019.
By creatively transforming a typically mundane structure into a work of art, the painted utility boxes will broaden each viewer’s understanding of the Malibu culture or environment. The selected designs vary from modern, geometric art to bright collage pop-art to realistic ocean scenery.
The professional artists who were selected to complete the project and the locations are:
• Shannon Celia, Civic Center Way and Winter Canyon Road. Celia created a box that represents Malibu’s surf life and scenic landscape. Her artwork includes surfboards, seagulls, waves and the coast.
• Mark Andrew Allen, Civic Center Way and Webb Way; and Civic Center Way and Malibu Canyon Road. Allen painted two boxes in the Civic Center area which includes replications of iconic Malibu images such as the Malibu Pier, Highway 1 sign, surfboards, and other images in a bright, pop-art collage style.
• Flavia Monteiro, Civic Center Way and Cross Creek Road. Monteiro painted pastel geometric, three-dimensional squares that offers a pop of contemporary art by the newly opened Whole Foods Market.