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Ironclad Art Design Challenge: Winners announced at gala event

June 3 2013

The exceptional quality of the ideas submitted in this year’s Ironclad Art design challenge showcase the incredible depth and diversity of Vancouver’s vibrant artistic community,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Manholes give City maintenance workers access to the sewer and water systems.

The Ironclad Art Design Challenge announced two winners on Saturday, June 1st. Each created unique manhole cover designs that will come to life in the streets of Vancouver. The Sanitary Sewer design winner is Andrew Dexel and the Storm Sewer design winner is Nigel Dembicki. The two grand prize winners received $2,000 each.

"The exceptional quality of the ideas submitted in this year’s Ironclad Art design challenge showcase the incredible depth and diversity of Vancouver’s vibrant artistic community,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “It’s fantastic to see the City’s public art program working with our Engineering department and such talented local artists to make Vancouver an even more beautiful community. Congratulations to the winners for their remarkable contributions and I look forward to seeing their work around Vancouver!”

The review panel selected a short list of 28 artists who are receiving a basket of passes to cultural and recreational events throughout the city. From that shortlist, the panel selected the two best designs to go on storm and sanitary sewer covers throughout the city. Voting continues until June 8th for two People’s Choice awards. School participation awards will also be selected.

Here are further details on the grand prize winners:

Nigel Dembicki (storm)

The jury appreciated the clarity and technical execution of this contemporary work. They found it to be a design that worked from multiple angles; when turned upside down, the clouds looked like water. While appearing somewhat abstract as a whole, the symbolism of the purpose very clear. Technically, it was felt to be one of the strongest designs presented and one that would work well in the casting medium.

Andrew Dexel (sanitary)

While acknowledging that this design may have an ambiguous relationship to sewers, the jury found it to be an extremely distinctive work that looked fantastic as a two dimensional design. They found it playful and appreciated how well the artist applied the work to the shape. They also felt that it was a work that would hold up through time.
 
The winning designs highlight the importance of our separated sewer system. As the City replaces and upgrades old sewer mains each year, two new pipes are laid to help prevent flooding and eliminate overflow into Vancouver’s waterways. The competition increases citizens’ environmental awareness and the importance of improving our water quality and contributing to a greener Vancouver.

To learn more about the competition or to vote for People’s Choice awards, visit ironclad art.ca or find us on Facebook at /vanculture or on Twitter @VanCultureBC.

Find out more about the Iron Clad Art Design Challenge

Manholes give City maintenance workers access to the sewer and water systems.

Ironclad Art: manhole cover design

Two new design ideas for the City of Vancouver's manhole covers were announced on June 1, 2013. Winners will see their artwork turned into cast-iron disks and placed over sanitary and storm sewer manholes across Vancouver.

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