The Utility Box Program started in 2010 as a pilot project initiated by The City of Calgary Roads. Initially conceived as a highly successful graffiti abatement measure, widespread popularity enabled the program to grow and become permanent in 2011. (The City of Calgary)
Drawing out from my experience as a children books illustrator and as a muralist painter, I could create funny, quirky and colourful dinosaurs animating Calgary streetscapes as part of the Public Art Utility Box Program. My lively dinosaurs were selected five times and have been hugely popular with the public, and I have worked with Killarney and Roscarrock communities to beautify utility boxes.
Rosscarrock Dino Portraits - Location: 37 Street SW and 13 Avenue SW, Calgary
Killarney Dino Sports - Location: 33 Street SW and 26 Avenue SW, Calgary
Western Dino Band - Location: Mission Road and Macleod Trail SW, Calgary
Dino Sounds - 2 utility boxes - Location: 16 Avenue NW and 2nd Street NW, Calgary
Rosscarrock built five little libraries as part of the Strong Neighbourhood Initiative to create space for neighbours to meet and convene as they share their love of reading. The little libraries will be full of books where neighbours can take or bring a books. All the little libraries will be placed on high traffic area in the community that is accessible to everyone. Emma Bresola a local artist engaged the adult and children residents in the community and painted the little libraries.