Ironclad Art: The Manhole Cover Design Challenge Kicks Off


The City of Vancouver invites everyone who lives, works or goes to school in Vancouver to submit designs for new manhole covers as part of the Ironclad Art Challenge between March 6th and April 15th.

This is the City’s second manhole cover design challenge. The first, launched in 2004, used cultural innovation to highlight its ongoing process of separating storm and sanitary sewers. This year’s challenge once again presents an opportunity to celebrate Vancouver’s creativity and educate the public about the important role manhole covers and the sewer system play in ensuring the public’s health and the city’s sustainability.

An independent panel of judges will review submissions and short list their choices. From this list, two winners will be chosen and receive a prize of $2000 each, in addition to seeing manhole covers with their designs placed at select locations in the city. Another two honorary “people’s choice” award winners will be chosen by visitors to the exhibition of the submitted designs to be held at Vancouver’s Interurban Gallery at the end of May.

Ironclad Art makes an important contribution to the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan and the City of Vancouver’s 2008 – 2018 Culture Plan by encouraging creative citizen participation in our water infrastructure.

To learn more or to learn how to submit a design to Ironclad Art, visit

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