Here in New York City,
wiring splices tend to be protected underground.
But in Philadelphia, utility boxes contain these splices so the historic streets can be left intact.
In a program sponsored by The University of the Arts, students have been encouraged to provide design and decoration.
The work is not painted directly on the boxes.
Instead the art is submitted to a print-film company who provides tough plastic veneers applied on top of the sheet metal.
The result is a $450 shiny and durable art object.
Here in NY these works might not survive for terribly long.
But in the City of Brotherly Love
these are expected to last about five years.