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Longmont Art in Public Places seeks artists submissions for Shock Art program

After submissions are received, people will be able to vote online for up to five of their favorite designs to transform utility boxes.
A switchgear box before and after it was decorated as part of the Shock Art program. (Longmont Observer/Lizzy Rogers)

Longmont Art in Public Places is seeking artists for the annual Shock Art program, which since 2011 has been transforming utility switchgear boxes into masterpieces.

Artists wishing to participate should create an 11-by-10-by-7.25-inch painted scale model and complete the online Shock Art submission form. Models can be delivered to the Longmont Downtown Development Authority, 320 Main St., between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Once submissions are complete, an online voting portal will open on the Art in Public Places Shock Art webpage. Community voting will take place through July 31. People can vote on up to five of their favorites. The Art in Public Places Commission will tally the votes and select the locations for the winning designs. 

Artists will be notified in August. Selected artists will be required to attend a program orientation and will receive $2,000 for their time and materials. Artists’ stipends are funded by 1% of city capital improvement projects which funds the public art program.

Shock Art is a collaborative effort between Art in Public Places and Longmont Power & Communications, which owns and oversees the equipment.

For more information, visit the Shock Art webpage, email or call 303-651-8924.