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Manhole Cover Design Project

The Public Art concept

More than 12,000 km of underground pipes travel beneath our city streets, servicing water, stormwater and wastewater. Hidden from view, this massive network is accessible through more than 200,000 manhole covers across Calgary.

Through regular lifecycle maintenance, The City replaces approximately 2,000 manhole covers each year. These new designs will be incorporated into the replacement cover program and will be fabricated from 2017 onward. The budget for this project was $40,000.

The Artists

Artist Jeff Kulak has been selected through an international open call to create new manhole cover designs that represent, express and reveal the hidden stormwater system. Artists Mary Haasdyk and Andrea Williamson have been commissioned to create new designs for the water and storm systems.