In February 2018, the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Murals Project initiated, sponsored and managed the painting by local artists of 17 SDG&E utility boxes located on or near Main Street in Ramona, Calif., completing the project in September of that year. The Ramona Community Foundation provided funds to enable a modest honorarium to the artists. In addition, Ransom Brothers Lumber & Supply Company donated the paint and wire brushes to clean and paint the boxes.
A goal of the Utility Box Project was to involve local artists who provided their fine-art talents to the smaller canvas of the utility boxes. A total of 14 artists and a half dozen student artists painted 17 utility boxes throughout the town. They submitted a sketch rendering of their concept for the box(es) approved by the H.E.A.R.T. Committee and the Ramona Design Review Board.
Concepts incorporated the community aspects represented in the H.E.A.R.T.:
- H = Historic buildings and hiking trails
- E = Equestrian industry
- A = Arts, antiques, and agriculture
- R = Rural country vistas and drives
- T = Tasting fine wines and cuisine