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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Mona Caron's Utility Box Mural Removed

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 4:48 PM

click to enlarge Before and after - PHOTO COURTESY OF MONA CARON/ HAIGHTERATION

In the spot where a utopian vision once sat, is now a gray, metal box.

The utility box on the corner of Church and Duboce, where artist Mona Caron painted a mural depicting a green-friendly utopia, was first noticed to be missing sometime last week by Mission Mission.

See also: Through the Looking Box: Mona Caron's Art Transforms Corner Into What it Could Be

A mere year after it was first installed, the mural titled "Manifestation Station," is currently locked away at a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency rail yard at 2502 Alameda, according to Uptown Almanac.

It's a strange move on behalf of SFMTA, who commissioned the piece from Caron in the first place.

The gray box is a bleak departure from Caron's mural, which offered San Francisco an alternate reality of what could be there: nature and innovation coexisting against an urban backdrop.

Not one to be disheartened, Caron posted the following on her Facebook page: "eh, Keep ripping up and we'll just keep sprouting anew."

SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose confirms in a statement that the box was removed for maintenance reasons and that the agency is working on getting the new box repainted by Caron within the next three months.

Here's to hoping the SFMTA knows how to keep a promise.

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