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AIPP: Shock Art

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In partnership with Longmont Power & Communications, Longmont Art in Public Places commissions 5-7 artist/artist teams to visually transform selected dull electric boxes into dynamic works of art.  Selected Artists or artist teams are provided a $2,000 stipend for their design and all materials to paint the box.

Artists wishing to participate simply need to complete the Shock Art submission form online and deliver the 11”L x 10”W x 7.25”H painted scale model to the drop off locations:

Longmont Downtown District Authority

320 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501 - Use the entrance off Main Street

Available hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday

The models must be delivered by Friday July 17 to participate.

Scale models will be available for public to view on our website and on social media. The Longmont community to vote for their favorite and choose the finalists through a virtual online poll which will be open after submissions are complete and will close July 31. The poll will be accessible on our website and our Facebook page.

Art in Public Places Commission members will select electric boxes in various locations around the City of Longmont and selected artists and artist teams will be commissioned to complete the painting.

Frequently Asked Questions

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. Selected artists are required to complete a city agreement, attend an in-person orientation and are awarded $2,000 for completed Shock Art boxes.

What if I'm an artist and want to paint?

The Call to Artists is open now. Complete this Shock Art submission form and deliver your 11”L x 10”W x 7.25”H painted scale model to the Longmont Downtown District Authority between 9am and 4pm Monday through Friday before July 17. PLease us the Main Street entrance.

How do I get a box painted in my neighborhood?

The AIPP Commission accepts suggestions for switchgear boxes to be painted all year long. At this time, we are only painting the square ones that are approximately 65" square that you currently see around town.  If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact us via email.

How do I get to paint a switchgear box?

Each year, AIPP puts out a call to artists, requesting artists' designs on a small scaled model. Citizens of Longmont will vote for their favorite designs. Everyone gets to vote one time for up to five favorite designs. The Art in Public Places Commission tallies the community votes, determines the locations for the selected winners.

Artist eligibility

The project is open to all artists nationwide (and/or artist teams), regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental challenges. All participating artists must attend an in-person orientation prior to painting and are required to complete an agreement with the City of Longmont.

Selection process

Artists wishing to participate simply complete the Shock Art submission form and deliver with the 11”L x 10”W x 7.25”H painted scale model to the drop off location.

A digital poll will be posted on our website and Facebook page for community input. Details for the voting locations and events will be sent to all artist applicants.

Community votes will be counted by the Art in Public Places Commission and artists will be notified of the selected works.

Winning artist designs will be painted before October 1, 2020.

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, ultimately, selecting the winning designs. AIPP then commissions the artists to paint their design on pre-selected boxes. Be sure to visit each of the dozens boxes that have been painted around town! Email us if you are an artist and would like to be added to our mailing list to be informed of upcoming opportunities.

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