Vancouver winning manhole cover designs announced

By Mike Hager, Vancouver Sun

June 2, 2013

Winners: Andrew Dexel and Nigel Dembicki. Photograph by: Jenelle Schneider , Vancouver Sun.

The City of Vancouver crowd-sourced out the design of its new manhole covers over the weekend, awarding $2,000 each to two local artists whose stylized covers will help city workers distinguish stormwater run-off sewers from those carrying sewage.

Young artists Andrew Dexel and Nigel Dembicki’s distinct designs were selected, for sanitary and stormwater covers respectively, from a short list of 28 submissions.

Almost 1,100 people submitted designs to the judging panel, vying to have their art immortalized on city streets for up to 100 years. In 2004, the last time the city’s public art and engineering departments worked together on manhole cover design, the city received 640 entries.

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