The City of Yellowknife will be working with local artists to help liven up the streets.

The art initiative will also be in partnership with Northland Utilities.

The goal of the project is to resurface various traffic light boxes and transformers around the city with colourful and unique designs.

The planning has been going on for the past few months, with the City taking submissions from artists in April and May.

Discussions for contracts are now in the process, with sixteen locations being confirmed. That includes a transformer located at Mildred Hall School. Northland Utilities is working with the school to ensure that the design is both creative and educational. The students will paint a transformer cover that will be donated by Northland. Once the painting is finished, the company will replace the current transformer cover with the freshly painted one.

This is the second year that Yellowknife will be doing this project. Mayor Mark Heyck saw the success that this initiative had last year and believes that this year will have the same effect.

Last summer’s transformer box public art initiative was incredibly successful and provided great exposure for numerous Yellowknife artists. Northland Utilities is a wonderful community partner and has been tremendously supportive of this project. We look forward to the continuation of this program.

The other transformers will be located on Old Airport Road, Old Town, 52 Avenue, Niven Lake Trail and McMahon Frame Lake Trail.

The traffic light boxes will be along Franklin Avenue, between 48th street and 53rd street.