Minneapolis, Minn. (2013) – Drab sidewalk utility boxes in Minneapolis’s Lyndale neighborhood have been transformed into curio cabinets through the clever combination of beloved objects shared by residents, a camera, Photoshop software, and Avery Wrapping Film.

Artist Carly Schmitt worked in collaboration with the Lyndale Neighborhood Association and the Youth Farm and Market Project to create Curiosities of Lyndale, a community art project that began with a neighborhood show-and-tell. Residents were asked to bring items that they felt best represented them, their stories, and their community. The items were varied and unique, ranging from a beaded jaguar head from Mexico to a Swedish songbook. While community members discussed their treasures, Schmitt photographed the various objects and later arranged them in Photoshop to look like they sat atop cabinet shelves. The photographs were then printed on Avery Wrapping Film, and attached to nearly 30 utility boxes around the Lyndale neighborhood beginning August 1, 2013.