Artist preserving Summerville's history on utility box

Published: Jan. 25, 2018 at 12:47 PM EST
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Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Neighbors and passerby's in one of Augusta's historic neighborhoods have been thanking artist Cyndy Epps.

"Typically you paint a painting and put it up on a wall. You'll hear some feedback but this has been a cool experience," Cyndy says.

Cyndy is painting on a utility box on Gould's Corner (at the intersection of Walton Way and Milledge Road) in the Summerville neighborhood. "I didn't realize how busy this intersection ways," she says.

She's right, it's very busy, but Cyndy is staying locked in and focused. "The neighbors here in the Summerville area didn't want this ugly box sitting here. They worked with the city and The Greater Augusta Arts Council to hire someone to paint it," she says.

They chose her.

Cyndy has been an artist all her life, but now she's doing something a little different with a much larger audience stopping and going as she works.

"I'm used to painting in a studio by myself and here people are constantly driving by and encouraging."

On the utility box, she's painting some landmarks in the neighborhood.

The Gould House, The Church of the Good Sheppard, Raines Hall at Augusta University and the Appleby Library. All tied together with some yellow magnolias, paying homage to a tree that stood for more than a century near where the box is.

Cyndy says she's excited to preserve this history with a twist. "It's really exciting to be able to contribute and to do something that people out here really appreciate.

For now, Cyndy will keep putting up with the noise and just keep painting.