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Longmont Shock Art voting underway, closes on Friday

Longmont Art in Public Places took submissions from artists and it now is up to the community to pick their favorites designs to transform utility switchgear boxes into masterpieces.
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A switchgear box before and after it was decorated as part of the Shock Art program. (Photo by Lizzy Rogers)

Longmont residents through this week can cast their votes on the next installments in the city’s annual Shock Art program. 

Longmont Art in Public Places took submissions from artists and it now is up to the community to pick their favorites designs to transform utility switchgear boxes into masterpieces. People can vote for up to five designs via an online survey that closes at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

There are 38 designs from which to choose. All are colorful, some are whimsical, and subjects include animals, local scenery, bugs, people and geometric shapes. Space exploration, the beauty of Longmont and Colorado, food, unity and love are among the themes. 

The Art in Public Places Commission will tally the votes and select the locations for the winning designs. Winning artists will be notified in August. Selected artists 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.



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