Making utility boxes beautiful (?!)

The city of Los Angeles decided to do something about the eyesore of their utility boxes and commissioned a masters student from UCLA to beautify them. His solution? He wrapped them with vinyl photos, much like you would wrap ads onto a car.

This first wave included 9 boxes, covered for a total cost of $10K (USD), using photos that mimic each box's surroundings. I think they look absolutely amazing. And when you consider that utility boxes are necessary and ugly, this is a huge improvement to their overall presence.

Check out the PDF on the artist's website for more photos.