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Sidney Streets Receive Creative Facelift

Sidney, B.C.; The Town of Sidney is pleased to announce the final selection of six colourful new works by local artists that will brighten up utility boxes around town in the coming months. Collectively, local artists, the Town and local businesses will bring a fresh, new look to some otherwise dull but visible infrastructure.

Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith states, “I think the public will enjoy the additional new artwork around town and the added flair it brings to the community. I’m thoroughly impressed by the caliber and quality of submissions we received; I know it was not an easy choice to narrow it down to only six. I am also thankful to the local businesses who sponsored the artists”.

In late September, the Town of Sidney issued a call to artists for the 2018 utility box beautification project. As a result, 73 different artists submitted 234 images for consideration. The successful artists and  location of their works are:
1. Coast Salish Bull Kelp by Sarah Jim - 9818 Third Street (outside the Meridian building)
2. Strait View by Joanell Storm - Beacon Avenue frontage of Mariner Village Mall
3. Pacific Breeze by Kirsten Norris - pump station at 9344 Lochside Drive
4. Shadow Play by Maureen Steward - pump station at Ocean Avenue near Fifth Street
5. Local Residents & Ebbs & Flow by Dana Statham - northwest corner of Third Street and Beacon Avenue (outside RBC Royal Bank)
6. The Fabulous Four by Anna Trelford - Seventh Street near Beacon Avenue (at the rear of Best Western)

A preview of the selected works and details about the artist work can be found on the Town of Sidney’s website http://www.sidney.ca/UtilityBoxBeautification.

Since 2006, twenty-eight boxes throughout the community have been wrapped with artwork through the utility box beautification initiative. This year, three local businesses made generous contributions to cover the artist stipends. These sponsors are Best Western Plus Emerald Isle, RBC Royal Bank and Victoria Airport Travelodge Sidney. The Town sincerely thanks these sponsors for their support. 

The Town also thanks the project’s selection group and the Peninsula News Review for their assistance in effectively getting the word out about the project to the arts community.

For further information about the Town’s utility box beautification project, contact Yasmin Hernandez, Municipal Planner at 250-655-5419 or yhernandez@sidney.ca.