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CoV – Ironclad Art Manhole Cover Design Challenge


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The City of Vancouver invites everyone who lives, works or goes to school in Vancouver to submit designs for new manhole covers.

Contest Dates

Opens: March 6, 2013
Closes: April 15, 2013

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The Challenge

The manhole cover design challenge presents an opportunity to celebrate Vancouver’s creativity and educate the public about our water infrastructure. Creative citizen participation is an important part of the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan and the Culture Plan for Vancouver.


An independent panel of judges will review manhole cover designs and short list their choices. From this list, two winners will be chosen and receive a prize of $2000 each, in addition to seeing their designs cast as manhole covers and placed at select locations in the city.

Another two honorary “people’s choice” award winners will be chosen by visitors to the exhibition of the submitted designs to be held at Vancouver’s Interurban Gallery at the end of May.