What’s being dubbed as University City’s largest art gallery—spanning more than 2 miles—is set to make its public debut.

The outdoor public art project, commissioned by the city, involves seven artists, who were selected this summer to paint large utility boxes lining Olive Boulevard.

The nonprofit U City in Bloom, which maintains public gardens throughout the city,  spearheaded the beatification efforts. The organization is hosting an Olive Gallery Opening Party to celebrate the completion of the 2 ½-mile display along Olive Boulevard.

“This busy street is home to so many of our eclectic and diverse businesses. We cherish being a neighborhood to the world, and we want this artwork to highlight and enhance the street’s already unique atmosphere,” said Judy Prange, executive director of U City in Bloom.

The opening party will take place Sunday, Oct. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the lawn of University City’s recreation facility, Centennial Commons, at 7210 Olive Blvd. The free, public event will officially announce the completed utility box project, and attendees will have the chance to enjoy the completed art on Olive Boulevard.  The seven artists who painted these boxes will also be formally recognized, and community members will have an exclusive opportunity to speak with them about their work.

 What: Olive Gallery Opening Party: University City’s Biggest Art Gallery

Where: Lawn of Centennial Commons, 7210 Olive Blvd. University City, MO 63130

When: Sunday, October 22, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Rain or shine)

For more information, visit ucityinbloom.org