Graffiti Abatement Artwork

Artists Selected for Public Art Projects!

Following calls for proposals and juried selection processes, we are excited to share the artists commissioned to create installations for Brightening Barriers (on display now) and digital designs for traffic cabinet wraps in 2023:

  • Michael Ciesielski
  • Marne Grahlman
  • Vivian Heliotis
  • Ryley James
  • Ali Jammal
  • Dawid “LiftiD” Kumidaj & Brad “Sage” MacMillan
  • Monica Loney
  • Neil Smith

Stay tuned for more information about their artworks when traffic cabinet wraps are installed in Fall 2023.

Proactively painting anti-graffiti coatings and murals on surfaces prone to graffiti is one of the approaches used on the City's graffiti abatement program

There is an unspoken rule among artists that, respectfully, you don't tag other artists' work. The City has had success with murals throughout Barrie as they've proving to deter tagging.

The cabinets that are selected for the program are ones already being replaced due to age of the equipment or are part of road reconstruction projects. The wrapping is a special product applied while the cabinets are being constructed and includes a coating that helps repel paint and other elements. The cost is approximately $1,800 per cabinet and includes the artist's work and the wrap itself.

Public Art & Heritage Utility Cabinet Wraps Project

In 2022, the City of Barrie wrapped five additional utility cabinets with local art and historical images in 2022. The public art wraps were designed by local artists. The heritage wraps include historical photos gathered by the Heritage Committee and provided courtesy of the Simcoe County Archives and the Barrie Historical Archive.

Traffic Signal Controller Box Murals Project

In fall 2016, the City worked with local artist Jordan Sookwah-Ragobeer, who painted murals on selected traffic signal controller boxes throughout Barrie, with which there has been graffiti challenges.

Bell Box Murals Project

In summer 2015, the City teamed up with Bell Canada and local artists Renee Sukie and Willow Neill to paint murals on select Bell utility boxes to deter graffiti and help showcase Barrie’s history and culture.