Thriving Through Time Utility Box Project

The team from Pitbull Jeans admires the southern-most wrap located near 17 Hollis Street.

The team from Pitbull Jeans admires the southern-most wrap located near 17 Hollis Street.


In April 2018, DFI met with leadership from the City of Framingham’s Department of Public Works to plan and implement several downtown beautification projects, including lamp post banners, holiday lights on lamp posts, and utility box wraps.

Utility box wrap historic tour (click to enlarge)

Shortly thereafter, DFI submitted a grant request to the Mass Cultural Council to fund utility box wraps that evoke how worldwide, cultural influences have been a strong foundation for a thriving downtown.

Upon winning the grant, DFI collaborated with the Framingham History Center to obtain photos and historic details about downtown’s past and present iconic buildings. DFI worked with downtown’s ICL Imaging to produce and install the wraps in May 2019.

Each wrap depicts a historical scene that is surrounded by a random selection of world flags to commemorate how international influences have shaped downtown’s rich culture and small business entrepreneurship since the 1800s. The seven wraps are placed along Route 126 from the Lincoln / Concord streets intersection to the Hollis/Irving streets intersection.