Switchbox Mural

photos by Charlie London

Thanks to Howard Mielke for breaking this story. Howard says, “I met the painter Joseph Anthony Pearson who, at the time I met him, was painting colorful images on the metal box at the City Park/Museum streetcar stop. Our community is full of amazing talents and good hearted souls.”

For anyone interested in portraits or other artwork Joseph has a studio at 4436 Toulouse Street in mid-city and his contact information is 615-4998 or email:

Utility Art Boxes Phase I
1. Harrison & Canal Blvd (COMPLETED)
2. City Park Avenue & Marconi (COMPLETED)
3. 6-10 Junction & Canal Blvd. (2 boxes)
4. Fleur de Lis & Veterans (Lakewood North side)
5. Harrison & West End
6. Robert E. Lee & Canal Blvd. (lakeview side)
7. Canal Blvd. & Filmore
8. Canal Blvd. & Navarre
9. Harrison & Marconi
10. Regent St. & Robert E. Lee
11. Pontchartrain & Robert E. Lee (on Hammond hwy side)
12. West End & Veterans


The New Orleans Street Gallery has launched into high gear. Thanks to the generous donation of AT&T ,help from Councilmember Guidry we are able to launch our Art Box project. This project is aimed at creating beauty and economic development through works of art. Linking to the rich art heritage that thrives in many neighborhoods in New Orleans, Community Visions Unlimited has adopted a plan to revitalize New Orleans neighborhoods with an Arts focus. Introducing the utility art box program will result in increased business for the merchants as well as a sense of pride for people of all ages and nationalities in the community. It will also create tourism in areas that are in recovery.

This goal of economic improvement through art fits perfectly into Community Visions goal of revitalization of neighborhoods and assisting the local art community to rebuild. Local artists as well as members of the community will be invited to donate their time and talent to create colorful graphic designs onto street utility boxes.!page-7

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