Title: Zebras

Location: South 9th and Jay Street

Artist: Emma Kracht

Date: 2021

This utility box was part of a 2021 collaboration between the Rahr-West Art Museum Public Arts Committee and Manitowoc Public Utility. Ten utility boxes in downtown Manitowoc were painted by local artists with designs based on works from the Museum’s collection.

Emma Kracht remarked, “I picked Zebras by Victor Vasarely because I loved the direction of the lines and saw the potential of those lines on a utility box. I knew it would be fun to paint (and to look at) if those lines were spread out all over the box. Zebras aren't my favorite animal, but they are definitely pretty cool and fun to paint. Throughout the painting process, I was glad to see the zebras having that optical illusion effect! I think it adds an interesting layer to its surroundings.”

Sponsors: Manitowoc Public Utilities, City of Manitowoc Room Tax Commission, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and Hallman Lindsay Paint.