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Utility Box Public Art Program

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Description: <p>This program uses money for regular lifecycle maintenance of City assets in a creative way: street-level artworks are created on City utility boxes by local artists.</p> <p>These functional works of art have contributed to making life better in Calgary in a few ways:</p> <ul> <li>they add vibrancy to our cityscape, </li> <li>create a sense of place and identity for your communities and,</li> <li>greatly reduce graffiti.</li> </ul> <p>Since 2010, over 200 utility box public artworks have been created by local artists throughout Calgary, and the program now includes community partners, more artists and citizens. These public artworks are temporary canvas for artists and community members to express themselves and add colour and interest to everyday life.</p>

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Utility Box Public Art Program

This program uses money for regular lifecycle maintenance of City assets in a creative way: street-level artworks are created on City utility boxes by local artists.

These functional works of art have contributed to making life better in Calgary in a few ways:

  • they add vibrancy to our cityscape,
  • create a sense of place and identity for your communities and,
  • greatly reduce graffiti.

Since 2010, over 200 utility box public artworks have been created by local artists throughout Calgary, and the program now includes community partners, more artists and citizens. These public artworks are temporary canvas for artists and community members to express themselves and add colour and interest to everyday life.


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How it works

A City of Calgary project team works together to set goals and priority locations for the program every year. If you or a member of your community want a box located in an area that is not on priority list, you can fill out an application form. It's important to know that painting a box that is not currently on the priority list requires a fee for service. You are also to select the artist from the Utility Box Program roster.

Want to know more or apply for a Utility Box in your community? Contact us by email.


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