A community Art group is making the neighbourhoods of Riverside and Bridgeland beautiful, one utility box at a time.
The Bridgeland Riverside Community Art Group won a grassroots grant of $1,200 in August to help dress up the grey utility boxes on the corner of Edmonton Trail and 1st Avenue N.E.
The group plans to make over four utility boxes with custom paintings.
“Our community is really excited by this project,” said artist Andrea Lau, who volunteers with the art group.
The grey utility boxes were first on the art group’s to do list because they were at risk for being spoiled with graffiti and tagging, said Lau.
The art work to be done on the utility boxes will represent the Bridgeland-Riverside community as a whole.
“We have asked the community for feedback on what they would like,” said Lau.
The art group is hoping to have four different artists to complete each of the four boxes.
The first artist chosen is Lau herself, and she is currently working on her design. The other artists have yet to be chosen.
Residents of the neighbourhood look forward to seeing the finished results.
“I’m really excited to see what they put on the boxes. It will really help brighten up the community,” said Monkia Fahmy, a Bridgeland-Riverside resident.
The project is set to be completed later this fall and next spring.
Lau said she was unable to provide a specific date for the project’s completion “due to the process and weather conditions for artists who will be completing them.”