CITY OF LONGMONT
Longmont, Colo. – Longmont Art in Public Places is pleased to announce the design finalists for the 2020 switchgear boxes as part of the annual “Shock Art” program. Each final design is available for viewing through the program website or on the Longmont Art in Public Places Facebook page.
For over ten years the annual Shock Art program has been going strong. With the addition of the new 2020 selections, Longmont will be home to over fifty boxes all around town. Over forty artists submitted applications and scale models this year with the vast majority of applicants, 70%, residing in Longmont. Five of the seven artists selected to participate call Longmont home.
“While we are excited to see the work of artists from neighboring communities, it is wonderful to know a large percentage of local artist professionals are participating in our program” says Art in Public Places administrator, Angela Brill. “The majority of the work we are seeing are well-conceived and executed designs - which is another testament to the caliber of our local creative community. Through the Shock Art program our local creatives have stepped up to inject positive energy into our surroundings. The Art in Public Places Commission is thrilled to encourage and support both the professional and up-and-coming artists again this year.”
In addition to the six community selected works, the Art in Public Places commission has chosen to award local artist Travis Rueckert the honor of Commissioner’s Choice with the design “Teach Love”.
The Art in Public Places Commission will select the locations for the winning designs. Selected artists will paint in late summer/early fall and will each receive $2,000 for their time and materials. Each box is sealed for UV and grafitti and is maintained by the program.
Shock Art is a collaborative effort between Art in Public Places and Longmont Power & Communications, who owns and oversees the switchgear equipment. The program is funded by the City of Longmont Art in Public Places 1% for the arts program, established in 1987.
Questions concerning Shock Art or the Art in Public Places program can be sent to AIPP@LongmontColorado.gov or by calling 303-651-8924.