Beautifying the mundane: Noticing more public art in Palm Springs? That’s on purpose

After an incident of vandalism damaged the exterior of the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center this past July , the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission wanted to show the center and the surrounding neighborhood some love via a public arts project.

Local artist Tysen Knight, who helped lead that project — which involved painting artwork onto trash cans in the area and refinishing some sculptures in the park — said it also included the first painted utility box in the city.

The box features a painting of a Black woman blowing bubbles, a piece by Palm Springs artist JoAna […]


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