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South Cape Utility Box Beautification
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Entry Deadline: 11/14/21
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Local
State: Florida
Budget: 500.00

About Cape Coral:   

Cape Coral is a city located in Lee County, Florida, on the Caloosahatchee River near where it flows into the Gulf of Mexico.  The city was founded in 1957 by brothers Jack and Leonard Rosen and developed as a planned community.  Promoted as a “Waterfront Wonderland”, Cape Coral has over 400 miles of navigable waterways, more than any other city in the world.  With an area of close to 120 square miles, Cape Coral is geographically the second largest city in Florida and the largest city between Tampa and Miami. 

Location Highlights

The character of a place is created by the physical environment and the activities that happen there.  South Cape can best be described as diverse and eclectic, punctuated by original modern elements. The goal of the Community Redevelopment Agency is to facilitate the emergence of a vibrant urban village where people of all ages will live, work, shop and be entertained.  Many of the dining and entertainment establishments in the South Cape emulate a quirky and relaxed atmosphere. 

The Entertainment District is at the heart of the CRA. It has the greatest energy and concentration of active uses, including the Big John Shopping Center and concentrated uses along Vincennes Boulevard and SE 47th Terrace, both of which are important streets in South Cape. The sub-district includes one of the largest municipally owned parking lots that serves many of the existing adjacent uses. The parking lot is also the venue for events and festivals held by the CRA. 

Project Scope:  

The Community Redevelopment Agency seeks to commission artists to submit their artwork to enhance the sight of necessary utility boxes along SE 47th Terrace. The ideal artwork will create visual interest for the recently enhanced streetscape and pedestrian pathways.  The CRA is inviting artists to submit artwork that includes a variety of colors, designs and details to be placed as wraps on utility boxes. This project will escalate the aesthetic of South Cape's scenery and will incorporate the arts into everyday life for both residents and visitors.  


Funding is provided by the Community Redevelopment Agency. Selected artists will receive a $500.00 artist stipend for each artwork selected. Selected artists will be required to complete a City of Cape Coral vendor registration in order to receive payment. Payment to artists will be made upon selection of artwork by committee. Allow a 4-6 week processing period for notification and payment.  

Selection Process:  

The Community Redevelopment Agency Commissioners will review each artist’s statement of intent and images. Upon viewing, the Commissioners will rate each artwork. The highest rated images will be presented to the Committee. Thereafter, the Committee will approve selected artworks to be wrapped on utility boxes located in South Cape. The CRA reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal or groups of proposals. Artists do not have to present their concepts to the CRA board.  Only one artwork per artist may selected. 

Selection Criteria:  

The Commissioners will review the artwork based on themes proposed in this Call to Artists, originality, artistic excellence, innovation, concept and cultural connection to the community. 

Submission themes include but are not limited to: nightlife atmosphere, Cape Coral culture, native plants, native animals, natural environment, Cape Coral history, abstract artwork and non-representational.  Artwork should not include any copyright imagery including licensed products or movie characters. Artwork must be original.   

Acceptable artwork includes photography, drawing, painting and digital artwork. All artwork must be submitted digitally. All artwork must be in landscape or panoramic format, meaning it is wider than it is high. The selected artworks will be sent to a local company who will alter the design to fit within the parameters of the utility box shape and size. Keep in mind that the boxes have four sizes; therefore, imagine the image you are submitting and how it would look if each quarter of the artwork were to stand on its own.  Is each quarter equally interesting?  

Upon selection, artist will be required to submit high quality images to city staff in order for the designs to be turned into wraps by local vendor. 

Submission Requirements:  

Contact information - Email, phone, mailing address, website. 

Statement of Intent - Brief statement describing your interest in the project and your artist statement (Maximum 1,000 words). 

Image - Artists can submit up to three (3) complete pieces of art to be considered as utility box wraps. Images must be in .JPG format.  

Image Requirements for submission through CAFE: 

Artists are required to submit the foregoing on the CAFÉ site ( at no charge. This online application process requires that all images and materials be submitted in digital format. For digital image requirements for submission, please visit CAFÉ’s Image Prep section.   

Additional Information: 

General questions may be directed to: 

Julie Gerhard Recreation Program Supervisor Parks and Recreation Department Cape Coral Art Center 239-242-3800 

Artists 18 years and older residing in Lee County.