Turn our streets into dynamic public art sites.
We received over a thousand submissions of artwork that will help us distinguish sanitary from storm sewer manhole covers. The designs we received express Vancouver’s spirit, values and a vision for a sustainable future. The submissions are viewable online on the Submission Gallery page.
The Ironclad Art Challenge winners were announced on Saturday June 1st.
|Nigel Dembicki (storm) is a Vancouver based artist and designer. He is a contributing partner of studioCAMP, a design/build collective studio. Nigel is entering the Master of Architecture program at Arkitektskolen Aarhus in Denmark this fall. The jury appreciated the clarity and technical execution of Nigel’s slightly abstract and very contemporary-looking work.|
|Andrew (Enpaauk) Dexel (sanitary) is from the Nlakapamux Nation and is known for how his prints and paintings often fuse graffiti and North West Coast Art. His playful work masterfully uses the circular shape of the manhole, and the jury felt this piece would have an enduring public fascination.|
THERE’S A DIRECT CONNECTION BETWEEN OUR ACTIONS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Storm and sanitary sewers play an important role in keeping local waters healthy. Anything that enters the storm sewer (including fertilizers and the pesticides used in gardens and the soapy water from washing cars on streets or driveways or garages) can harm Vancouver’s important water ecosystem.
VANCOUVER’S SEWER SYSTEM
The separation of sewers, increased environmental awareness, and careful practices by citizens are improving our water quality.
Each year, the City replaces about 14 kilometres of old sewer mains with two new pipes, one for stormwater run-off and one for sewage (sanitary sewer). Upgrading sewers to two separate pipes will eliminate the overflow of sewage into Vancouver’s waterways. Wherever you see two sewer manholes in the streets you know that the neighbourhood’s sewer system is up to date and contributing to a greener Vancouver.
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Phone: 3-1-1 TTY: 7-1-1