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Is there one spot where a person can find the locations of all the painted utility boxes in the city? 

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click to enlarge Artist Anthonyka Ferdinand painted this utility box on the neutral ground at the corner of Fontainebleau Drive and Nashville Avenue.

Photo by Kandace Power Graves

Artist Anthonyka Ferdinand painted this utility box on the neutral ground at the corner of Fontainebleau Drive and Nashville Avenue.

Hey Blake,

Is there one spot where a person can find the locations of all the painted utility boxes in the city?

Phylliss Deckerman

Dear Phylliss,

  I pride myself on not only being a source of historical knowledge about our fair city, but also helping make that information even more accessible. Your question to Ol' Blake about the "New Orleans Street Gallery" art project, the praises of which we've sung in these pages, prompted the organizers to post their list online.

  First, some background: As we told you in July, the utility box art project is the brainchild of Jeannie Paddison Tidy, who started a similar art project in San Diego, California. She brought the idea to New Orleans in 2006, at a time when our city needed all the help it could get after Hurricane Katrina. Her project has since turned more than three dozen gray utility boxes into public works of art.

  The endeavor falls under the auspices of Community Visions Unlimited, the Arts Council of New Orleans and local neighborhood groups. Volunteers help clean and prime the utility boxes, then artists submit designs they would like to paint on them. If an artist's design is selected, he or she is given paint for the project and a small cash stipend.

  More than a dozen boxes have been finished in Lakeview. Another 16 are in the Mid-City and Carrollton areas and five more are Uptown and in the university section.

  The list you asked about is now posted at as well as below:

New Orleans Street Gallery

  Following are locations of all the painted utility boxes completed so far in New Orleans, followed by the name of the artist who painted it.


1. Harrison Avenue & Canal Boulevard — Evelyn Menge

2. I-610 Junction & Canal Boulevard — Mary DiPasquale

3. Harrison Avenue & West End Boulevard — Jamar Duvol Pierre

4. Harrison Avenue & Pontchartrain Boulevard — Pax Bobrow

5. Canal Boulevard & Robert E. Lee Boulevard — Phil Vanderkyn

6. Canal Boulevard & Filmore Avenue — Kayla Pereira Risko

7. Canal Boulevard & Navarre Avenue — Lynne Jensen

8. Harrison Avenue & Marconi Drive — Karel Sloan Boekbinder

9. Regent Street & Robert E. Lee Boulevard— Jeremy Paten

10. Pontchartrain Boulevard & Hammond Highway — Mika Lauren Revell

11. Pontchartrain Boulevard & Robert E. Lee Boulevard — Joseph Pearson

12. Polk Street & West End Boulevard — Maggie Mae

13. Pontchartrain Boulevard & Veterans Memorial Boulevard (gone) — Megan Nolan

14. Fleur de Lis Drive & Veterans Memorial Boulevard (gone) — Sharon Gautier

15. City Park Avenue & Marconi Drive — Sharon Gautier

16. City Park Avenue & Canal Street — Joseph Pearson

17. City Park Avenue & Bienville Street — Angelica Verkeenko

18. City Park Avenue & Esplanade Avenue — Joseph Pearson


19. Orleans Avenue & Jefferson Davis Parkway — Lindsey Postaski

20. Jefferson Davis Parkway & Lafitte Avenue — Jessica Normington

21. Jefferson Davis Parkway & Bienville Street — Jane Brewster

22. Jefferson Davis Parkway & Canal Street — April Curran

23. Jefferson Davis Parkway & Banks Street — Angelica Verkeenko

24. Jefferson Davis Parkway & Tulane Avenue — Emily Berganza

25. Earhart Boulevard & Washington Avenue — Max Cron

26. Earhart Boulevard & Jefferson Davis Parkway — Scott Thomson

27. Earhart Boulevard & Pine Street — Cameron Eustis

28. Earhart Boulevard & Broadway Street (approved not complete) — Cameron Eustis

29. Earhart Boulevard & Carrollton Avenue — Robin Daning

30. Broad Street & Bienville Street — Jessica Normington

31. Carrollton Avenue & Banks Street (approved not complete) — Karel Sloan Bookbinder

32. Carrollton Avenue & Palm Drive — Angelica Verkeenko

33. City Park Avenue & Carrollton Avenue (approved not complete) — Jennifer Lindsley

34. Walmsley Avenue & Carrollton Avenue — Robin Daning


35. Fontainebleau Drive & Nashville — Anthonyka Ferdinand

36. Freret Street & Nashville Avenue — Angelica Verkeenko

37. Freret Street & State Street — Joseph Pearson

38. Freret Street & Calhoun Street — Max Cron

39. Willow Street & McAlister Drive — Tulane Students


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