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Live Love Louder arts group founders hope to beautify Copper Cliff with electrical box decoration project

Wallace and Laura-Leigh Gillard accepting design concepts from Copper Cliff residents until Sept. 22
Live Love Louder is inviting Copper Cliff residents to design a new look for the four electrical utility boxes located outside the townhouses on Dow Drive. (Supplied)

A new not-for-profit community arts group called Live Love Louder is inviting Copper Cliff residents to design a new look for the four electrical utility boxes located outside of the community's townhouses on Dow Drive.

Live Loud Louder is dedicated to providing inclusive learning, beautification and recreational opportunities to marginalized communities in Greater Sudbury.

Executive director Wallace Gillard and his wife Laura-Leigh have been involved in creating murals on Louis Street as well as in their hometown of Copper Cliff.

"We figured by opening this up for Copper Cliff, it gives the families that have been involved with the Copper Cliff mural the opportunity to take part from the comfort of their own home." Gillard said.

Submissions for the hydro boxes will be accepted until Sept. 22, after which time the jury will make their selection.

“As professional artists we usually have a knowledge of  what we are about to do and present it to everybody, but because we are letting everyone else do the designs first, we really have no idea what’s going to happen or what we’re going to get.” Gillard said.

“They could do it in digital or in pencil or they can  follow our colour schemes.There are so many variables and as artists we are on pins and needles but when the designs start rolling in, that’s when the fun starts.”

For safety purposes, the original designers will not be able to paint the boxes themselves.

“We know it’s disappointing for a lot of individuals, but for safety purposes, the Live Love Louder team members will paint it onto the hydro boxes,” Gillard said.

“But we are going to have identification on the box — not just the individual who made the original design, but we will also include our community partners: Greater Sudbury Utilities and Walden Home Hardware, who is supplying all of our equipment, paint and materials to make these boxes happen.”

Gillard said the jury will select three designs, but teased that the team has “a little surprise for the fourth box.”

Click here to download the template and for instructions on how to submit your design.

This competition is open to residents of Copper Cliff only. 

The submission deadline is Sept. 22. The selected designs will be announced on the Live Love Louder Facebook page on Sept. 24.