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City of Vancouver Calls On Artists To Transform Utility Boxes With Graffiti

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The City of Vancouver has come up with a creative solution to reduce graffiti without slowing down art on its streets.

From now through April 1, the City of Vancouver is calling on local artists to submit designs that if selected, will be printed on vinyl wraps and cover  27 grey utility boxes found on major traffic intersections.

According to a memo, Vancouver’s graffiti management program came up with the idea in an effort to reduce acts of vandalism on public property and boost “the public realm by adding local artists’ work to surfaces that had often been targeted by vandalism.”

Artists must follow a strict criteria, which includes no advertisements, illegal activity, and insensitive images. Preference will be given to designs that contain limited or stylized text or names.

Artists will be paid $1,000 for each design the city selects.

The memo adds that the City of Vancouver ran a similar and successful pilot in the West End, and this year’s project will be rolled out city-wide.



Image via alh1 / Flickr (with edit)

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