Utility Box WrapsUtility box art wraps represent an opportunity for local artists from a variety of creative practices to display their artworks in the public realm and transform otherwise undistinguished elements of public infrastructure. The program is an effective and high impact way to incorporate art into everyday life and contribute to the beautification of the public realm.
Art Wrap Program Artist Roster
Artists interested in participating in this program must apply to be included in the Art Wrap Program Artist Roster, which is updated biannually. The Roster is a list of artists who are pre-qualified to work with the City's Public Art, Transportation, Engineering and Public Works departments as well as community groups to execute art wraps in public spaces.
Artist Roster Application to be announced winter 2022. Please email email@example.com if you wish to subscribe to an e-list serve for updates and information on future artist opportunities.
Artists or artist teams must reside in British Columbia.
Artists must have demonstrated experience and skill sets with multiple project stakeholders.
The artists will be chosen for inclusion on the Artist Roster through a one-stage selection process. A five-person Selection Panel will convene to review all artist packages and recommend up to thirty (30) artists for the Artist Roster. The Selection Panel will be composed of artists, community representatives and art and design professionals.
2021 Utility Box Art Wraps
The Public Art program partnered with Engineering and Transportation to select locations and artists for a series of traffic cabinet art wraps along River Road, and River Parkway to Cambie Road. This series of art wraps reflects and celebrates Richmond’s natural heritage.
Poppies and Irises
River Parkway and Leslie Road
These art wraps were composed from the artist’s original paintings and are inspired by her surroundings. The Oriental poppy is one of Kamikura’s favourite subjects for painting. Its short blossoming life can be studied in late spring. From the time it starts to bud, until it blossoms to its full glory. The Iris flower is one of her favourite subjects for its interesting variations in small and large curves. It gives her paths to push her creative ideas into significant depth.
River Parkway and Ebco Crossing
These art wrap compositions are inspired by the artist’s original paintings of Rudebeckia gardens.
Recharge and Renewal
Gilbert and River Road
These art wraps are located in close proximity to the Fraser River. Humans have always valued waterfront land because of its abundant natural resources and spectacular beauty. However, urbanization has posed a threat to the Fraser River estuary, where fresh water meets sea water, providing vital habitats for a wide diversity of fish, birds, mammals, invertebrates and plants. The artwraps respond to its locality and call attention to the delicate balance between building a vibrant community and protecting an important bio diverse ecosystem.
Krystal Coughlin Silverfox
No. 3 Road and Cambie Road
Krystal is a First Nations visual artist and is inspired by land, identity, belonging and culture to create visual artworks. Her practice combines Northwest Coast Formline design elements with digital photography, scenography and traditional collage. Her approach to making public artworks is to create images that are colourful and bright to add energy to community sites. In her work, she aims to show gratitude towards the natural landscape.
Richmond’s Secret Gardens
River Parkway and Cambie Road
These art wraps were composed from original paintings by the artist entitled Waterlily Garden and Secret Garden. The compositions are inspired by the beautiful gardens found across the city and represent the quiet retreats and meditative spaces that have allowed the artist to capture the magic of a garden.
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