News, Urban Design and Art

Utility Box Wraps

In collaboration with the City of Vancouver, Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association is excited to announce 3 new utility box wraps in our BIA! Here is a bit more about the artists and their designs:

Andrew Tavukciyan is a Bachelor of Design student at Emily Carr, majoring in industrial design. His previous workincludes a collaborative project with Car2go, TED and SFU where he designed a skin for a Car2go, which can still be seen in around Vancouver. He has also worked on other public art projects, including murals at West Vancouver Secondary, Griffins Boxing and Fitness and Devil’s Elbow Ale and Smoke House. You can find his unique and intricate design on the corner of Abbott and W Cordova.



Cole Pauls is a Yukon-raised Tahltan First Nation comic artist, printmaker and illustrator. He is an Emily Carr Bachelor of Fine Art student, majoring in illustration. He also self-publishes his own comic strip, Pizza Punks. For his utility box design, Cole depicts animals of the Vancouver region interacting in their natural habitat. Including his heritage in his work is important to him. “Living on unceded territory, indigenizing objects around Vancouver is a way to reclaim lost land from colonialization,” he says of his work, which can be found on the corner of E Hastings and Gore.



Tony Kempen is originally from Australia and a graphic designer by profession. Most of his work has been produced for organizations, businesses and individuals, so he is very excited to have his art displayed in a public arena. His utility box wrap design “is about city life in close proximity to boundless nature”. Tony draws connections between urban and natural worlds, juxtaposing depictions of animals native to the area among photos of iconic Downtown Vancouver buildings, such as Woodward’s and the Sun Tower. His work can be found at W Hastings and Abbott.


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