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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.

Artists Jeff Kulak & Ivan Ostapenko have been selected through an international open call to create new manhole cover designs that represent, express and reveal each of the distinct, hidden systems of water, wastewater, and stormwater.

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 2016 onward.
​Public Art Budget ​$20,000
​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.

Calgary artist Ivan Ostapenko is an emerging artist, designer, builder and fabricator with extensive academic and practical experience in art and architecture. Since obtaining his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011, Ivan has returned to Calgary to focus on applying his knowledge and technical skills locally, creating public artworks and developing collaborative community-oriented projects. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Studies with a Minor in Architectural Studies from the University of Calgary, and has exhibited his work at various venues in Canada, the U.S.A., Spain, and Kazakhstan. In addition to running his own creative practice, Ivan is currently assisting with programming events and exhibitions at Blank Page Studio - a space he helped to design and build.
​Expected Design Completion ​Summer 2016