The Arcadia Streetbox project was funded by The City of Arcadia and produced by 11:11 Projects. Artists were asked to create designs that compliment the official colors and logo of Arcadia, while highlighting the history, culture, and community.
The Arcadia Streetbox project includes 2 phases of mural-making. The first 10 streetboxes were completed in June, 2022. The second phase will include 6 additional streetboxes and is slated to be completed by September, 2022.
Huntington x Gateway
Among the important venues of Arcadia, there is Santa Anita racetrack park, home to countless prestigious races.
My proposal pays tribute to this landmark, and the jockeys, since a good jockey is as important to his horse as a conductor to an orchestra. The front side shows a detailed image of a participant in race (with the colors of City of Arcadia logo), standing out from a group of colorful silhouettes, with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background and a lane of iconic palm trees standing tall - all part of the scenery. Soft pastel colors and design are inspired by the streamlined and sleek poster style of art deco period, where elements are minimalist, sharp, high contrast with a reduced color palette.
I am a visual designer and web developer, based in Glendale, CA and studied at UCLA, Los Angeles College of Figurative Arts and Art Center College of Design.I have been commissioned to paint public art in institutions like Technological University of Panama and more than 20 utility boxes in California.
Duarte x Lovell
My design illustrates organic shapes and minimal shapes that allow the viewer to open their imagination to create their own narrative of the piece. The minimalism and midcentury shapes gives it a modern feel.
Playing with bold blue, green and red colors from the Arcadia logo mixed with a light pink to give it a vintage look.
Tracy expresses her art through vibrant colors, awakening your creativity and imagination. Tracy has been commissioned by clients such as the The Arts Council for Long Beach, Covered California Health Care, Bixby Knolls Business Association, Crowne Plaza Hotel Costa Mesa, Bixby Knolls Business Association and Branded Arts. Tracy has also exhibited and Curated Art Shows in Long Beach, Los Angeles, and New York. A believer in the Arts as a form of transformative healing and a cultural worker for Social Issues. She enjoys practicing art, as a labor of love with others.
Huntington x Santa Clarita
The City places great emphasis on preserving “green space” and its commitment to the environment is evidenced by the large population of healthy trees you will find around town. Arcadia has been designated a Tree City USA for seventeen consecutive years. My drawing is of a forrest like setting that is meant to represent Arcadia and remind its citizens that the city is one of the best Tree Cities in all of LA.
Hello, my name is ZLA! I am a first generation American born and raised right here in Los Angeles. I found myself always drawing at an early age and remember driving by these murals around the city and really being inspired by them. It was very influential in my decision to pursue art as a career and so I attended the Art Center in Pasadena where I studied Illustration and Painting. I love to paint and I love painting outside for the community even more. It’s one way I try to give back to this city so full of culture. My inspiration continues to draw from Los Angeles and all it has to offer.
Santa Anita x Alta
I recently relocated to Arcadia from New York and have found myself mesmerized by the beautiful peafowl! I love seeing them on my walks! I also love how Arcadia protects and advocates for these birds and is something they take pride in!
Huntington x First st
I wanted to incorporate a design that reflects the city’s history. That’s why I decided on highlighting the Arcadia Woman’s Club. The establishment has been around for almost a century and being a proud woman myself, I felt it is important to show my appreciation to the fellow women community. The Woman’s Club of Arcadia has helped uplift the community in so many inspiring ways. They funded projects like opening a library, provide housing, supplying books and even joined the war effort during the 1st World War. I also incorporated the peach blossom tree that the Woman’s club organized back in the 1950’s. It was only right to show my gratitude.
My name is Daisy Carlene and I am an artist based in Los Angeles, Ca. My artworks mainly consists of painting portraits of people and creatures and incorporating a plethora of color. I’ve had a passion for the arts since a young adult. My mother was a very creative individual who enjoyed painting herself. That’s where my love for the arts sprung about. Since becoming a full time artist, I have painted two utilty boxes, participated in multiple art shows and performed live painting.
Santa Anita x Foothill
My design is consist of elements that represent City of Arcadia. Using the green and blue colors from the city logo, the peacock is the official bird of the city, accompany with Art Deco inspired geometric shapes and lines on the front of the box. The pink Azaleas are the official flower of Arcadia and California palm trees are also commonly seen in the city. The name “Arcadia” is in Art Deco style letterform, written on both sides of the box. I think this design is a great addition to the city of Arcadia because the appropriate elements are being used and the abstract geometric elements reflect the Art Deco and mid-century modern style of architecture. The soft blue color brings out the bright colors and the movement of the lines, which is refreshing to look at.
Laishan Ito is a graphic designer and scientific illustrator based in Los Angeles. She graduated from Art Center College of Design with Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She has worked for the University of California Riverside Entomology Department and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Entomology Department as a scientific illustrator. She also has many years of experience as a full-time senior designer and a graphic design consultant.
Huntington x Santa Anita
I used to frequent Arcadia when I worked for a company who was trying to promote their art history program to elementary schools in the area. Although it was about 10 years ago, I still remember the communities appreciation for arts, the wonderful atmosphere and all the great restaurants I visited. With that in mind, my design is inspired by the art deco movement and pays tribute the nature that can be found in the city of Arcadia. It also spotlights the iconic Van de Kamp’s windmill.
Hi my name is Brenda and I am an illustrator, fine artist and muralist from Los Angeles. I like to work on semi-realism art with a lo-fi color aesthetic. My work focuses on introspective themes that explore the real, the fantasy and the internal world. I get inspiration from surrealist artists, botanical illustration and Japanese manga comics and New Contemporary Art. I approach every project with an open mind and aim to keep things as light-hearted as possible. I also work with non-profit organizations on social justice centered art.
Baldwin x Duarte
Ruben Young / Greymatter
My design uses a Mid Century Modern style and color scheme to explore various personality traits of the City of Arcadia. Using the official colors blue and green for the peacock as the city mascot and connection to local fauna, a vintage sign reading the name of the city, a reference to the rich and beautiful housing architecture and the Queen Anne Cottage located at the arboretum and botanical gardens. Finally, the top is a vintage TV referencing the history of Arcadia, CA as a destination for filming movies film and television.
As a child Ruben experienced numerous hardships from foster care to homelessness, but art was always the escape to a better world. As an adolescent in Southern California during the 1990s graffiti took hold of him and became an outlet beyond mere rebellion. It was an outlet with an artistic edge and inspired the decades of creativity that would follow.
Huntington x Second
My design portrays the early history of Arcadia’s poultry business. During the city’s second decade, large land holdings were subdivided and on smaller lots, poultry raising became the largest business. Many large poultry ranches supplied eggs and meat to the Los Angeles markets. In the third decade, Arcadia became known as a poultry-raising capital, and poultry men had significant influence in the policy-making and civic decisions of the city. With this design I hope to stir conversation that leads to education of Arcadias history while also bringing color to the space.
Art is something that I have always loved and enjoyed. I love that anyone can participate no matter the skill, the medium or purpose. I personally create art to beautify spaces, to make gifts, and for recreational use.
One of my personal goals is to one day become a Librarian in a public library so that I can create and organize free art programs for undeserved communities. To reach that goal, I am currently taking classes at Pasadena City College for the Library Technician Certificate and I work at a Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) as a Student Zone Helper. In my occupation, I am able to help students do their homework, direct them to professional free tutoring and free resources provided by LAPL.
Santa Anita x Le Roy
My design is of the Queen Anne Cottage, which is located in the Arboretum. It is a very beautiful building and has a lot of history behind it- the cottage was built during Lucky Baldwin's time, and it was shown in the movie Fantasy Island. The Queen Anne cottage has an intricate post-Victorian design with red detailing all around it, and it is an important historical building of Arcadia.
I am a current junior at Arcadia High School, and I have lived in Arcadia my whole life. I find Arcadia's history fascinating and I love to visit the Gilb Museum and Arboretum whenever I can. I also love to paint, so this opportunity was the perfect combination of my interests!
First x Santa Clara
My design theme is California art deco. Using traditional art deco elements mixed with California symbols like palm trees, this streetbox represents the unique architecture of downtown Arcadia.
Baldwin x Fairview
My design is a modern twist of Art Deco. It incorporates design elements consistent with the history of the Downtown Arcadia, while also providing a modern take on the signature Peafowl.
If I were to choose 3 adjectives to describe this design they would be (Growth, modern, and friendly.)
I grabbed inspiration from many elements of the city that make it unique and one of a kind such as the signature Peafowl (feathers), botanic garden (plants/flowers), architecture, and sunny California.
Baldwin x Naomi
After reading the guidelines and requirements for the submission, I not only wanted to highlight the colors of the Arcadia logo, but to also showcase the mid century modern theme and compliment the architecture in downtown. I included foliage such as the monstera leaves to represent the LA Arboretum. The arches of blue and chartreuse are my interpretation of the architecture in the city. The funky wavy black lines accent the flow and movement of my work. I think my work would be a great addition to the city of Arcadia because it is universal; meaning everyone in the city can enjoy it. My work is vibrant, lively and eye catching which I believe brings an uplifting energy to any environment.
Baldwin x Camino Real
Boba is a must-have drink in Arcadia. Having lived in this city for 19 years, boba has been a staple dessert, or just a casual drink, for many. Drinking boba and sweet tea hold great cultural significance in this community. It allows us to come together and share a good time in each other's company while sipping on sweet boba and milk tea. So for my design, I thought it'd be a fun idea to turn the utility box into a giant boba drink! It would remind Arcadians of happy memories drinking their favorite boba tea with friends, and maybe even convince them to pick some up from their favorite boba shop!
Huntington x Colorado
I’m a California native and think the sunsets here are magical. I’m sure lots of other people think the same, and I think they’d love to see one painted on a box on their commutes.
First x Wheeler
Pablo Azar, Sr Toony
Through my design I want to represent elements that are important to the city of Arcadia but always in harmony with the identity of the city. The design is colorful, which represents the positive and happy energy of the city, and is composed mainly of GREEN and BLUE, making the design blend perfect with the identity of Arcadia. It features a peacock (taken out of the logo), but in a more artistic way. The feathers of the peacock would be composed of words, images and symbols that are representative of the city. In this way we can look at the utility box from far away, or invite the viewer to take a closer look and discover every single detail of the design.