What is Shock Art?
Shock Art is a collaboration between Art in Public Places and Longmont Power & Communications that brings color and creativity to the (otherwise dull green) boxes.
What if I'm an artist and want to paint?
The Call to Artists is typically posted each Spring. If you'd like to be added to the mailing list to be notified of this as well as other upcoming projects, please send email.
How do I get a box painted in my neighborhood?
The AIPP Commission accepts submission for switchgear boxes all year long. At this time, we are only painting the square ones that are approximately 65" square that you currently see around town. That could change in the future as long as the owners of the boxes are willing to collaborate with us.
How do I get to paint a switchgear box?
Each Spring, usually in or around March, AIPP puts out a call to artists, requesting artists' designs on a small scaled model. Those submissions are displayed in various locations around Longmont for the public to cast their votes for their favorite. The Art in Public Places Commission has final say on the selected winners.
History of Shock Art
Taking the lead of our successors to the North, the AIPP Commission opted in 2010 to allocate funds to enhancing the switchgear boxes throughout Longmont, in collaboration with Longmont Power & Communications.
AIPP invited local artists to submit their designs on scaled down boxes, and we invited the community to vote for their favorite five, ultimately, selecting those as the winning designs and commissioning with those artists to paint their design on pre-selected boxes. Be sure to visit each of the dozens boxes that have been painted around town! And, if you are an artist and would like to be added to our mailing list to be informed of upcoming opportunities, contact us.Facility Map