On Tuesday, District 6 Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio will ask the City Council to authorize a ,000 reward for the tipster who helps police find the culprit.
“The perpetrator's vandalism has robbed local communities of the unique work of numerous volunteer artists and disrupted the character and spirit of the areas they were located in,” Oliverio wrote in memo.
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“It’s vandalism to make the streets more bland —let’s call it ‘blandalism,’” Ben Sutton wrote for the art blog Hyperallergic.
The art box project, launched in 2011 by activist Tina Morrill, relies not on city funding but private donations.
Police encourage the public to call 9-1-1 if they see the perpetrator in action.
Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 408.947.7867.
“These art boxes provided cultural and social distinction to the communities they were located in, and were created and coordinated by the efforts of civic-minded volunteers.” Some passersby have reported seeing the perpetrator, but assumed the person was preparing the art box for a new mural.
According to the , the latest target was a box on Hamilton by Pine Avenue.Artists participated largely for the exposure and to beautify the community.About 80 art boxes are scattered throughout San Jose, according to the project’s Google Maps page.More from the San Jose City Council agenda for January 12, 2016: WHAT: City Council meets WHEN: pm Tuesday WHERE: City Hall, 200 E.To catch the vandal (or vandals) defacing art-adorned utility boxes, the city will offer a cash reward for information leading to the perpetrator’s arrest.For the past couple of months, someone has painted a gray primer over at least seven utility box murals painted as part of the San Jose Art Box Project.