2023 Contest Open

Three of the town’s hydro boxes have been selected for this year’s competition. All submissions will be part of an exhibition in the Walker Gallery of the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, August 11 to October 21, 2023.

2 of the winning designs will be chosen by a jury. The community chooses 1 winning entry as the People’s Choice winner by participating in a public vote, with each visitor able to cast a single vote. All winning submissions will be awarded a $500 honorarium.

Selected artworks will be transferred to vinyl wraps that will serve to beautify the following hydro boxes:

Transformer ImageTransformer Detail
#1497 or T1623, Airport near customer parking: 62″ x 58″ x 47″ (HxWxD)
#3751 or T0392, Niagara River Recreational Trail at the Field House: 34″ x 44″ x 36″(HxWxD)
J800, Marina at the corner of Ricardo and Melville: 30″ x 66″ x 22″ (HxWxD)


This opportunity is open to artists who live, work or operate in the Niagara Region. The theme of the design may include but is not limited to nature, Niagara-on-the-Lake history/landmarks, etc. Preference will be given to submissions focusing on the theme, transportation; and, artworks that complement the hydro box location (water, air or land).


  • Artists must complete entry submissions by July 3, 2023.
  • Artwork drop off for NOTL Hydro Box Beautification Group Exhibit at Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre: August 8 or 9, 2023 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • NOTL Hydro Box Beautification Group Exhibit: August 11 to October 21, 2023
  • People’s Choice Award Voting: August 11, 2023 – September 10, 2023
  • Announcement of Winning Artworks & Award Ceremony: Thursday, September 14, 2023 | 7:00 PM
  • Target installation date on the hydro boxes: early October

How To Enter:

  • Complete the entry form by July 3, 2023
  • Only 1 design is permitted per entry form
  • Each artist is only allowed to submit a maximum of 2 designs
  • Upload an image of your artwork. You do not need to show how it will wrap around the hydro box, but you may include that if you wish. The Hydro Box Competition Committee will determine how the selected artworks will be applied to the box and the box location