Utility cabinets to receive artistic wraps

Following the lead of other cities in the province, Williams Lake is sprucing up the utility cabinets in its downtown.

Following the lead of other cities in the province, Williams Lake is sprucing up the utility cabinets in its downtown.

Ten cabinets, owned by the city, have been selected to feature artwork created by local photographers.

“We had submissions from 12 different photographers, ranging from professional to amateur, and some businesses entered photographs as well,” city planner Liliana Dragowska told council at its regular meeting July 17. “There were numerous entries in categories that reflect the city’s official community plan.”

A selection committee, made up of three city councillors and three Central Cariboo Arts Society members, looked through images during an anonymous process and picked the finalists.

Subjects include Stampede mountain racers emerging through the dust, taken by Laureen Carruthers, to a macro shot of local berries by Ryan Veitch. Other scenes include a mountain biker, salmon spawning, an aging truck, and horses.

At the council meeting, Dragowska shared the selected photographs and some extras.

Schickworks Signs and Stitches of Williams Lake was awarded the contract to make the cabinet wraps.

“No business in Williams Lake has done this before. It’s a pilot project,” Dragowska explained.

While the city owns 13 cabinets, the $6,000 budget for the project didn’t cover the cost of doing all 13. Ten will cost $5,800.