Electricity Boxes Reimagined

You’ve probably seen one and stopped and maybe even smiled because it is hard to miss a large, cheerfully painted metal electricity box on the streets. I know, because there are also some here in Melbourne and is becoming a trend in many modern cities around the world.

Last week, I showcased doors from Rua das Flores. This week, I’m excited to present doors of Electricity Boxes from the same vibrant area in Porto.

We walked in the Porto side of the Duoro River. From the Sao Bento station, walking around the Ribeira diatrict heading to the Rua das Flores, we saw countless of electrical boxes, which nearly all have been decorated.

In 2021, 24 electricity boxes were decorated with the motto “500 anos da Rua das Flores” (500 years of Rua das Flores) marking the street’s anniversary.

Some of these are works of Guilherme Sommermeyer, Isa Silva, Oaktree, Isabella and Justin, Isadora Machado, Ricardo Ciriaco Almeida Macedo and Tiago de Carvalho. I am just not sure which ones were done by which artist.

I am linking this to Dan’s Thursday Doors Challenge also to Natalie’s Photographing Public Art Challenge – PPAC and Becky’s SquareRenew

38 Comments Add yours

  1. margaret21 says:

    It’s so good that these electricity boxes are getting a cheerful makeover worldwide.

    1. Teresa says:

      I know. It just makes drab spaces look so much alive. But I also understand why some people don’t like it, tho.

      1. margaret21 says:

        I suppose. But few things could be duller than an unadorned electricity box.

        1. Teresa says:

          True 👍 have a good day Margaret and thanks for commenting

  2. BeckyB says:

    oh aren’t these wonderful – love it when this happens.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Becky.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    These are so fun, Teresa. This is a trend that has only recently started to arrive around here, and I love seeing the decorated boxes. This is a great collection.

    1. Teresa says:

      It really does make a huge difference, Dan. Thanks.

  4. scooj says:

    Oh, well done – I loved these utility boxes in Porto, and although I didn’t feature any of them in Thursday Doors, I did in my graffiti posts.

    1. Teresa says:

      I didn’t see that post in graffiti. I was trying to look for it. But glad you liked my post.

        1. Teresa says:

          Oh yay, thanks for that!

  5. Toonsarah says:

    These are great, especially the pink flower – so cheerful on something so utilitarian! I wish the boxes near us could be decorated in this way.

    1. Teresa says:

      Maybe you can start de orating them, Sarah. Are you up for a challenge? Haha

      1. Toonsarah says:

        Haha – I’m no artist, that’s for sure!

  6. Tanja says:

    cool electricity boxes

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Tanja.

  7. Thanks for sharing these folk art style electrical boxes. This trend is really beautifying cities.

    1. Teresa says:

      It really does make a big difference to a city. Thanks Rebecca.

  8. Hammad Rais says:

    This is really amazing

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Hammad.

  9. eklastic says:

    I particularly like the musical birds. But they’re all great. Here we have some good examples, too. And then we have a folk art style aquarium scene. And I had this déjà vu feeling. And then I saw it again. And then … our town has somehow chosen a foil so while the individual boxes look lovely they’re all just copies of each other. Very dissappointing.

    1. Teresa says:

      I guess. It depends on what country you’re in. I think this one was based on Porto’s history… I think.

      1. eklastic says:

        Here it’s a municipality thing. I’ve seen wonderfully creative ones around just our town seems to do the uniform thing.

  10. Bernie says:

    How cool to use them as doors and art! Some very interesting ones for sure.

    1. Teresa says:

      Glad you liked them, Bernie.

  11. Marsha says:

    Sadly we have the unadorned dull electricity boxes here in both Prescott and Scottsdale. Nothing like how artistic Melbourne is. I was amazed that a street was celebrating 500 years. Our streets date back to the early 1900s and late 1800s at best. Maybe that’s why we still have boring electric boxes. They are still building streets. Our main highway between Prescott and Scottsdale is closed this weekend. LOL! Have a great week, Teresa. I enjoyed your beautiful boxes. 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      Melbourne is not as old as well but I was surprised at how Porto did it. And happy that I was able to share it here. Have a great weekend, Marsha.

      1. Marsha says:

        You, too, Teresa.

  12. I thought they only existed in Toronto, that’s great!

    1. Teresa says:

      Oh yes, I have seen photos from Canada. So there you go, Porto has it too! 👍 Thanks Larissa

  13. These are amazing. I’ve also seen them (or something similar) in Carvoiero in the Algarve

    1. Teresa says:

      It is catching on 👍

  14. Natalie says:

    What a fun collection, Teresa. I like the first two and the pink flower painted boxes. I was in Porto last spring and loved the city. Thank you for your PPAC contribution.

    1. Teresa says:

      Same here, aside from the very wet weather when we were there, everything else was perfect. My pleasure to join, Natalie.

  15. Rowena says:

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful creations. I live in Sydney and we’ve just returned fro0m houseminding on the Gold Coast for four weeks and I photographed quite a few beautifully painting boxes on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane. Love them!
    Best wishes,

    1. Teresa says:

      Yay, glad you like it too. Excited to see them on your blog,Rowena. Thanks for dropping by.

  16. Julie says:

    Electricity boxes are my favorite canvases for public art. I remembered a time when they were not painted and they were quite the eye sore.

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