We see these colorful boxes all the time around Rochester, but who does the work? While traveling around town, our Getaway Guy stopped on Alexander Street to find out.
"I've had things in museums. I've had stuff all over the world. I've been doing this since I was four. That's a lot of years!"
Meet Krysia Mnick, a local Rochester artist. What she paints on is not your ordinary canvas.
"We just happen to work on traffic control boxes, and I've done so many of them.
Commissioned by the Park Avenue Merchants Association to beautify the grey boxes of utility, this one at the corner of Alexander and Park is now becoming a little easier on the eyes.
"I'm having a ball! These are the houses from Park Avenue neighborhood. The one I'm working on is called the Sampler House. It's over on Vick Park B."
Krysia admits there are risks involved on this job, being so close to the road. That's why, in addition to her paints and brushes, she brings along her own construction cones.
"Well, in particular, when I was painting on East Avenue and Goodman Street, the box was even closer to the curb, an 18-wheeler came by and was probably, right there," she said, "and I felt a little metal. He tried to avoid me but I'm not sure why he got so close. That was interesting."
So the next time you see Krysia doing her work on any given corner around town, remember to drive by slowly and take in the art.
"I think public art is most gratifying, and especially, we don't have them now but I get drive bys of 'good job!' and that sort of thing, and please don't toot when you're driving by because I might be trying to get a line down."