Today, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) ‘unwrapped’ the first of 12 newly re-purposed electrical boxes located on Granville Street to help curb graffiti while adding a public art collection to downtown Vancouver.
Each of the utility boxes located on the sidewalk along ten blocks between West Cordova and Drake Streets have been covered in a vinyl overlay with unique designs created by students from Emily Carr’s Illustration program.
The $20,000 cost of the project was paid for by the DVBIA, which is funded by its member businesses in its 90-block area. Selected artists received an honorarium for their work, which will be displayed for a two-year period. The aim of the project is to both deter graffiti and add colour and art to the street.