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Beautiful Utilities

Artist: Laurie Smithwick

Category Placemaking


Graphic designer Laurie Smithwick used her 2016 South End Creative Lab grant to turn a traffic signal utility box into artwork.  Since the box lies at one of South End’s busiest intersections, she collected stories of the hub from residents to inform her piece.  From these narratives, she came to understand the intersection as a meeting point for a network of diverse neighborhoods.  Smithwick reflected this idea in her design by bleeding colors into each other and overlapping shapes.

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176 East Blvd View on Google Maps
Charlotte, NC 28203

Beautiful Utilities