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Manhole Cover Design Project

​Description ​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.

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. Two other artists are being commissioned to create designs for the water and wastewater systems.

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.
​Public Art Budget ​$40,000
​Year Approved ​2015
​Artists ​Vancouver artist and designer Jeff Kulak’s practice encompasses graphic design, illustration, bookmarking, printmaking, sculpture, sound and public art. His work in the publishing world has been recognized with two Alcuin Citations for excellence in book design. He has exhibited across Canada and internationally, including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Pierre François Ouellette in Montreal, the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. He holds a Bachelor of Design from the University of Alberta, with a year of study at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
​Expected Design Completion ​2017