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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. Artists Mary Haasdyk and Andrea Williamson have been commissioned to create new designs for the water and storm 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

​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-based illustrator Mary Haasdyk's practice includes editorial and public art, as well as publishing. She enjoys drawing and painting both traditionally and digitally, and is currently dreaming up a picture book in her spare time. She studied at Alberta College of Art and Design, and has completed works for The City of Calgary, Cameroon Associate of Bible Translation and Literacy, Avenue Calgary, Little Zebra Books, and cSPACE.

Calgary-based artist Andrea Linda Williamson was born of British and Scottish ancestry on Treaty 7 territory and the traditional territory of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Nakoda (Stoney), and Tsuut'ina. She earned a double major in Fine and Media Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and recently completed a Masters of Fine Arts at Goldsmiths with distinction. She has contributed essays and writing to numerous Canadian publications including c magazine and Canadian Art and has exhibited internationally. Recent exhibitions include We’re Having a Great Time at Rockelmann (Berlin) and #magichour at Area 51 (London).

​Expected Design Completion ​2017