Brief: What wrap images should Revelstoke use on utility boxes?

Covering utility boxes with decorative wraps is becoming a popular way to showcase local artists while deterring graffiti

Decorative wraps on BC Hydro utility boxes. Photo: BC Hydro

Utility boxes located in Kovach Park could soon get an artistic facelift, and a city art committee will soon hash over what images best suit Revelstoke.

The city’s public art committee will discuss the possibility of a decorative wraps pilot project for Kovach Park utility boxes at an upcoming meeting.

Decorative wraps for utility boxes are becoming increasingly popular in communities throughout B.C. They provide a unique way to display public art, while at the same time deterring unwanted graffiti.

Kelowna, Richmond and Chilliwack are among communities in the province with decorated utility boxes. Often the utility boxes are decorated using a theme, for example in Kelowna it’s apples.

City of Revelstoke Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture Laurie Donato said public art committee members will discuss possible themes for the utility wrap project at their upcoming meeting on Wednesday, March 4.

The public art committee began discussions around decorative wraps for utility boxes in 2019.

That led to city staff making a request to BC Hydro on May 13, 2019 to wrap the hydro kiosk at Kovach Park. BC Hydro granted approval for the project on February 7, 2020.

There are also two other city utility boxes at Kovach Park. The total budget for decorating all three utility boxes is budgeted at $3,000. A report from Donato notes BC Hydro will provide $700 from the BC Hydro Beautification Fund to pay for the decorative wrap on BC Hydro kiosk.

The remaining funds will come from the public art reserve fund. The report further states staff time needed to administer the project is already included within the department’s budget.