Hibbing’s Utility Boxes Will Be Transformed Into Art

The Hibbing artist community will soon be engaged to enhance the city’s downtown curb appeal through art mural wraps on eight highly visible utility boxes. Artists will be asked to submit designs that reflect the unique culture, people, and history of Hibbing. Eight designs will be chosen to be transformed into vinyl wraps to encase the streetlight utility boxes.

Utility wraps are a relatively new art form that have been implemented in many rural and urban American cities. The wraps are fairly easy to maintain, last about 10 years and are reported to deter graffiti.

This public art project is being led by the Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce‘s downtown steering committee whose goal is to implement new initiatives that improve the vitality and attractiveness of downtown.

“Cultural assets are important to economic development,” said Lory Fedo, Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce president. “Beautification projects like this help promote downtown as a central gathering place.”

Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation supported this project with a Downtown and Business Corridor grant.

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