Joshua Callaghan disguises utility boxes by pasting pictures onto them of the scenery behind, thereby creating the illusion of an uninterrupted view. His work can be seen on streets around Los Angeles.
Callaghan came up with unique idea when the city called for proposals to decorate some utility boxes in a recently renovated town square. the city was actually looking for painters but Callaghan suggested of using photographs instead.
Sometimes the pictures on the boxes show exactly what is behind them but sometimes they show an idealised version of what could be there. Joshua was inspired by photorealistic trompe l'oeil paintings. He is of the opinion that noone has walked into one of the boxes that wouldn't have walked into an uncovered box but its a very interesting site to watch people do a double take.
The images are all unique, based on the context. They are printed on special adhesive vinyl and should last for 10 years at least. It will be interesting to see the surroundings change around the boxes as time passes.