Utility boxes in Stony Plain ‘transformed’ into 'works of art'
The Town of Stony Plain continues to take steps to beautify the community in ways that reflect its commitment to culture and diversity and to preventing and reducing vandalism.
One of the most recently completed projects involves covering five FortisAlberta electrical cubicles along 48 Street with attractive designs and images.
The electrical boxes have been covered with a heavy polymer shrink-wrap (plastic) coating that can feature any design, making them visually appealing and deterring graffiti and other vandalism.
The artist retained by FortisAlberta has created several nature designs and photographs, transforming the once unsightly boxes into ‘works of art.’ The coating is dense enough that the cubicles can be easily wiped clean and maintained, should they be vandalized with graffiti.
">“We are excited about this new initiative and hope that vandals will think twice before defacing beautiful art,” says William Choy, mayor of Stony Plain. “This is just one way we can help keep our community looking its best. We thank FortisAlberta for including Stony Plain in this pilot project and look forward to finding out whether it was successful in preventing vandalism.”
FortisAlberta’s switching cubicles are large, green boxes that house electrical equipment. The units were attractive targets for vandalism; they have sometimes been spray-painted with offensive or criminal messages. Local law enforcement or municipal officials often notify FortisAlberta of vandalism and request that the boxes be repainted.
orking closely with 12 municipalities in Alberta, FortisAlberta piloted the beautification and vandalism-prevention project in 2011, in response to requests from the RCMP. One-hundred switching cubicles will be covered in 12 Alberta communities within FortisAlberta’s service territory. Once the pilot program is complete, the company will assess the results of the program and re-evaluate the program going forward.
FortisAlberta is extremely happy to have the Town of Stony Plain be a part of FortisAlberta’s anti-vandalism project in 2013,” noted the company in a news release.