Ballard Utility Box Project RFQ

Ballard Utility Box Project RFQ


The Ballard Alliance and the Ballard Public Art Committee (BPAC) are working in partnership to incorporate more public art on the streets of Ballard through the Utility Box Beautification Project. By covering these permanent, nondescript elements of the street with artwork, we can create a more interesting pedestrian experience, promote community identity, and deter vandalism.

We are looking for an artist to provide one digital design for the vinyl wrap that will cover the utility boxes for 5-10 years. The wrap consists of five panels with approximate dimensions of 4 ft wide x 4 ft tall x 16 in deep. Artist will be compensated $500 for the design.

About the Project

About the Ballard Alliance & Ballard Public Art Committee
Utility boxes are common elements of streetscapes and are necessary for controlling electrical equipment. These boxes can be transformed from being anonymous elements of the urban landscape to displays of artwork and neighborhood identity by having them covered in digitally designed vinyl wraps. These wraps not only bring an element of public art to the street, they greatly reduce the amount of vandalism on the boxes and the maintenance hours required to clean them. The wraps themselves consist of five panels, each panel must be digitally designed in order to be professionally printed on heavy-duty vinyl.

Over the past two years, the Ballard Alliance and Ballard Public Art Committee have worked with three artists to wrap seven utility boxes. For this year’s project, some continuity on theme and color scheme with the previously installed designs will be

The Ballard Alliance works to promote the unique character of Ballard and to support opportunities for art in the neighborhood through monthly Ballard Artwalks, SeafoodFest, and more. For this project, the Ballard Alliance will be working with the Ballard Public Art Committee (a committee formed by the Ballard Alliance including local business owners, residents, and people who work in the area) to ensure the needs and values of the community are upheld throughout the process of acquiring artwork and installing the utility box wraps.

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RFQ Utility Box Project 2021