Thursday, May 20, 2021
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2021-11

PITT MEADOWS, BC – Phase two of the BC Hydro Box Beautification Project containing artwork from Katzie First Nation artists will be completed this spring. The City was awarded a BC Hydro grant for 13 utility boxes to be wrapped with local artwork. In addition, TELUS is sponsoring the wrapping of two utility boxes on Bonson Road.

“Showcasing the talent of our Indigenous artists is a great way to demonstrate a partnership in our traditional territory,” says Katzie First Nation Chief Grace George. “It also provides an important opportunity to tell our story and educate the public about our history, values, culture, pride and traditions.”

“Pitt Meadows is extremely proud of its Indigenous heritage and we are committed to continuing to develop stronger relationships with the Katzie First Nation and create more opportunities to acknowledge and celebrate their rich culture,” says Mayor Bill Dingwall. “Phase two of this project will allow even more utilities boxes throughout the community to be transformed into beautiful works of public art.” 

Selected artwork will be produced and installed along with the artist’s name on a BC Hydro or TELUS box wrap. Artists whose work is selected will be compensated and recognized, along with their designs, on the City’s website and social media channels. Last summer, the City issued a call for Katzie First Nation artists. Works for consideration were submitted to the City, which were then evaluated and chosen by the selection committee, Katzie First Nation artist Rain Pierre and Councillor David Kenworthy.

The BC Hydro Box Beautification Project in Pitt Meadows adds beautiful public art to the community and celebrates local artists. In 2020 there were 30 BC Hydro boxes completed for phase one of this project. Learn more at pittmeadows.ca/hydroboxart. For questions, please email artsandculture@pittmeadows.ca.

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For more information please contact:
Carolyn Baldridge,
Manager of Communications & Community Engagement
City of Pitt Meadows
cbaldridge@pittmeadows.ca

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