Ironclad Art Design Challenge Winners

The City of Vancouver's Ironclad Art Manhole Cover Design Challenge team have announced two People's Choice awards in addition to the two winning designs selected by a panel of judges.

From the 1000+ designs submitted, the review panel selected a short list of 28 artists who received a culture and recreation prize pack valued at over $200. From that shortlist, the panel selected the two best designs to go on storm and sanitary sewer covers throughout the city, and the public voted for People's Choice awards both online and at an exhibition held at Vancouver's Interurban Gallery. 

The panel's selections for two best designs are by Nigel Dembick (storm cover) and Andrew (Enpaauk) Dexel (sanitary cover). The People's Choice winners are Lou-ann Ika'wega Neel and Les Blydo.

The winning designs highlight the importance of the City of Vancouver's separated sewer system. As the City replaces and upgrades old sewer mains each year, two new pipes are laid to help prevent flooding and eliminate overflow into Vancouver's waterways. The competition increases citizens' environmental awareness and the importance of improving our water quality and contributing to a greener Vancouver.

The Ironclad Art Design Challenge winners were announced on Saturday, June 1 and People's Choice winners were announced Monday, June 18.

Visit to see all of the shortlisted designs.

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