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Archive for December 20th, 2012

Pictures Of Art Box Project San Jose

Posted by terrepruitt on December 20, 2012

One day driving in San Jose I noticed a utility box painted as a huge flower.  I thought it was the coolest idea.  The boxes are not the prettiest things and they are everywhere so why not paint them.  Then some time later, on my way home from either my Monday or Wednesday Nia class, I noticed a man sitting near the curb while I was at a stop light.  It didn’t register in my brain what he was doing until I was past him and the corner.  I had pull over to the curb and back up a little to get back to him.  He was painting the utility box.  He explained to be that it was the San Jose Art Box Project.  I posted about it in July.  I followed up with a post of his finished project in August.  Since then I have snapped a few pictures of boxes painted throughout the city.  Well, at least in the places I go.  I am sure there are other ones around that I don’t even see.  But I did happen to spot the ones on my normal paths.  I even found the flower one that I first noticed.  I wasn’t sure where I had noticed it, but then I found it.

Here are six that I have seen around.  I am sure there are more.  I would love for people to contact me and send me pictures so that I can include more on my blog.  Some might wonder what painted utility boxes have to do with health and wellness, and if they are wondering that then I doubt I could explain it.  But for those of you that appreciate a little color, I am sure you understand.  I might not even particularly like the way the box is painted, but I do like that fact that they are painted.  I love the fact that art is being added to our industrialization.  I love that the artist is basically a volunteer, they get paid, but I think that barely covers the cost of the paint. I love that people in the community are donating to such a project.

It is kind of fun to be sitting at a light just waiting for it to turn green and then all of a sudden spotting an Art Box.  Then it is fun planning the path to get to it.  Some of them are on really busy corners . . . . like the rose . . . I couldn’t really step out to far in the street to get a good shot, but I did what I could.

I believe the art on the box must be reflective of the neighborhood.  That would explain the coffee art box.  It was right in front of a Starbucks.

Normally I would put them in a collage, but I am short on time and so here are some of the pictures of the utilities boxes in San Jose.  I have a lot so this post will be some, then my next post will be the rest.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaThis was the set in front of the Starbucks!

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba

You can see the little coffee cups has faces!

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So cute!

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba

I forgot to get a picture of the artist’s label so I don’t know who did these coffee cups.

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Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaDance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba

Chris has a sense of humor.  See the purple cat dressed as a yellow bird?  Sneaky!

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba

This one is very colorful and had different types of art on the box.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba

This woman is an example of what I mean by “different types” of art.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba

Stay tuned for the rose.  The box that I actually saw first and thought it was just a one time thing.

So how do you like the art so far?  Don’t you think it is cool?

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December 30 Minute Movement Challenge – Day #20

Posted by terrepruitt on December 20, 2012

WHOA!  Five days until Christmas!  Only 11 days left of our December 30 Minute Movement Challenge.  We can all do it!  I don’t have a Nia class to teach today so getting in my 30 minutes is on the top of my list!  I’ll be back to check in.

Thank you for being here!

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