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New utility box art coming to Calgary communities

Many bland and decrepit boxes across the city will soon receive splash of colour.

Artist Bram Timmer plans to wrap one of his pieces around the utility box at Elbow Drive and Southampton Drive SW.

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Artist Bram Timmer plans to wrap one of his pieces around the utility box at Elbow Drive and Southampton Drive SW.

Many decrepit utility boxes sprinkled across Calgary will soon receive splash of colour.

As part of the the city’s Utility Box Program, the community of Southwood chose Bram Timmer to revamp its utility box at Elbow Drive and Southampton Drive SW. 

Timmer said he will wrap his art piece around the box using vinyl.

The concept has yet to be determined, as he and Southwood community members must agree on the image. 

But after Timmer met with community members, discussions between the two parties have been smooth sailing, said Southwood Community Association President Vivien Jonathan. 

Timmer said his concept will bridge contemporary art characteristics with traditional methods, essentially creating a sense of belonging for Southwood’s old and young. 

Consequently, bridging generation gaps through art tends to be a challenge, Timmer said.  

“The main challenge is how to do that without having your art only focussing on the past or only focussing on the future.”

However, Timmer said engaging with community members almost always relives the artistic tension.

As it turns out, the community seems to be largely receptive to his ideas, Jonathan said. 

“Bram was just great,” she said. “He was very sensitive to what we've done and what we would like to do going forward.”

Once the project is complete by Sept. 30, Jonathan said she hopes Southwood community members see themselves portrayed through Timmer’s art. 

Timmer echoed that, saying he hopes the community feels the art represents them. 

“(The art) is something to be proud of,” he said. “It’s “something people can walk by and say, “yeah that represents me and I feel connected to the community.’”

Timmer will also create vinyl wraps for the communities of Harvest Hills and Country Hills.

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