Nature-like decals camouflage utility boxes

Nature-like decals camouflage utility boxes

A few years ago I was attending a conference of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Halifax. While exploring the city and its infrastructure I noticed some odd, artistic designs of birds on branches and nature landscapes. What was odd is that these canvasses were actually covering utility boxes along the sidewalk that probably belonged to the telephone, cable or electrical utilities. They blended into the surroundings and were rather pleasant to look at.  Curiosity got the better of me so I snapped some photos and sent them off to our chief engineer in Cote Saint-Luc for further investigation.

What we discovered is that various public utilities had begun to partner with municipalities in designing these decals to beautify Canadian cities. My inquiry began to take shape and these camouflage canvasses are now covering otherwise dull, even ugly, metal boxes throughout Cote Saint-Luc.

Another 'hidden' Bell Canada box along Kildare Ave

Another ‘hidden’ Bell Canada box along Kildare Ave

Cote Saint-Luc is partnering with Bell on nine different utility box locations in the city, covering them with camouflage decals that blend in with the surroundings. Many thanks to Bell for working with us to make our city look even better.

Bell boxes along Guelph Road in Yitzhak Rabin Park camouflaged with greenery

Bell boxes along Guelph Road in Yitzhak Rabin Park camouflaged with greenery

There has been no graffiti on the boxes and the feedback from the community has been positive.  The plan is to continue to encourage companies like Videotron to do the same.

2013-10-23 005 utility box decal camouflage

I am very pleased that Cote Saint-Luc City Council and Administration are always open to exploring new opportunities and ideas that are progressive and innovative. Mayor Housefather strongly encourages innovation and believes that continuing education through conferences, seminars and courses for staff and elected officials alike help to improve local services and the quality of life for all residents. I completely agree.

 

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