- Associated Press - Saturday, August 13, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Portland has selected five artists to start turning utility boxes in the city into pieces of public art.

The city reviewed submissions from a dozen artists and selected five, each of whom will work in different parts of the city. Two of them have started already and at least two will start next week.

Officials with the city say the goal of the project is to “beautify the urban landscape” and support Portland’s arts community. The effort is based on similar projects that have taken place around the country.

The artists have all received a $300 stipend from money donated to the Portland Public Art Committee.

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