Artists invited to think outside the (utility) box

The City of Lethbridge Public Art Program and the Heart of Our City committee are adding a splash of colour to the city centre by inviting local artists to share their talents in an unconventional way. Utility boxes located in Galt Gardens and at Casa will soon be wrapped in creativity as a way to increase the vibrancy of downtown Lethbridge.

Artists will have the opportunity to design vinyl wraps that will cover six different utility boxes of a variety of sizes and shapes. This initial program will serve as a pilot project for a potential utility box wrapping/painting program throughout the city. The program will provide artists with an opportunity to create artworks which add interest to the streetscape of the downtown while creating a sense of place.

These artworks are temporary with a life span of 3-5 years. The wrapping of utility boxes will not only improve the aesthetic of downtown but also lengthen the lifespan of the boxes and act as a graffiti deterrent.

This competition is open to local artists of all ages, at all levels of their artistic practice. The City's Public Art Program and Heart of our City Committee of Council will fund the production of the artwork. Selected artists will receive $500 per utility box for their creations.

Proposal submissions will be accepted until March 23 with final designs required by June 1, 2020. For more information on the submission and evaluation process visit:

*image from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Andrew Malcolm, Urban Revitalization Manager
City of Lethbridge
403-320-3926 |

Categories: downtown, arts, artists, murals, publicart, revitalization, utility, wraps
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