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Pretty Utility Covers

The City of Toronto is giving cash prizes for new manhole designs.

Amateur, aspiring or professional artists and designers are invited to submit designs to distinguish the sanitary, storm sewer and the water valve covers. Applicants can submit proposals for one, two or three of the utility hole cover types.

Source: Spacing Wire » Utility covers: not just about utility anymore

All Torontonians and people who work or go to school in Toronto are invited to submit design proposals. Applicants can submit proposals for one, two or three of the utility hole cover types. City of Toronto staff and Councillors are not eligible to submit proposals.

Source: Toronto Culture

This is an innovative way to get artists and residents to engage with the urban landscape on a day to day level.  Hopefully they will display the winning designs on the website!

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.