Transformer Cabinet Murals#
BirdsEye mural in progress by Ren Burke, 2020.
The Transformer Cabinet Mural Project was started in 2004 as a collaboration between the City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places Program and Utilities Light and Power. Serving as a graffiti abatement program, the murals help lower maintenance costs while adding bright colorful art in unexpected places. The program also helps keep the investment local by utilizing local artists and non-profit groups to paint the cabinets. Since the start of the program, 377 transformer cabinets have been transformed into works of art.
Transformer Cabinet Mural Program’s 400th Mural#
This year, local artist Terry McNerney will paint the program’s 400th cabinet mural. This is McNerney’s fifth cabinet mural to date and his design celebrates the Program’s milestone with whimsical characters in a colorful, birthday party atmosphere.
The City’s 400th Transformer Cabinet Mural will be painted as part of the City of Fort Collins Open Streets on June 4, 2023. Terry will be painting the cabinet at 3754 Landings Drive during the event on June 4th from 10:00-3:00. Please stop by to meet the artist and see art in action!
Artist Painting at the Xeriscape Garden Party#
Local artist Shawna Turner will paint her Transformer Cabinet Mural at the Xeriscape Garden Party as a celebration of the mural program's partnership between Art in Public Places and Fort Collins Utilities.
The event will be June 17, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, outside City Hall at 300 Laporte Ave. The cabinet will move to The Lincoln Center after the event for the mural to be completed.
This is Turner’s ninth cabinet mural to date and her design embodies an old Spanish summer street. The scene gives the vibes of meandering through the small cobblestone streets of Spain in summertime and admiring the beautiful arrangements of plants and flowers people have outside their doors and windows.