The Paint Box Project 

Launched by the City of Ojai Arts Commission in 2020, “The Paint Box Project”  summoned local artists to submit proposals to transform selected City utility boxes  into works of art. Chosen from twenty submissions, the winning designs garnered  much applause from Ojai’s many public art lovers. Each design serves to capture  the unique character of Ojai and beautify its public spaces.  


Two side-by-side utility boxes, located under the tennis bleachers along the path to  Libbey Bowl, were transformed by artist, Domonic Breaux. “Citrus Ojai” and  “Ojai Paradise” sport a compatible color palette to create stylized depictions of  oranges and birds of paradise, common to the Ojai Valley.  


Over by the children’s playground at Libbey Park, a small vertical box along the  southwest pathway, boasts a bright and colorful design by Carlos Grasso. The  intricate designs of “Color Block” compliment the playfulness of the playground’s  adjacent archway, designed to mimic alphabet building blocks.  


Prolific Ojai artist, Leslie Marcus, used a palette of gold, ochres, and siennas to  create “Gratitude.” Located adjacent to the soon to be remodeled Hotel El Roblar  on Ventura Street and Ojai Avenue, Marcus’s spectacular artwork depicts the  Matilija Poppy against the backdrop of the Topa Topas. Marcus hopes her design  will serve to “reawaken residents and visitors to the extraordinary natural beauty  that surrounds us in daily life.