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New Transformer Cabinet Murals Across the City

Released on Friday, September 22, 2023

Contact Information

  • Ellen Martin, Visual Arts Administrator, 970-416-2789,, Website: Website


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    Aerica Raven Van Dorn shown painting her 2023 Transformer Cabinet at the corner of Timberline and Prospect Roads.


Sixteen artists will paint murals on 18 utility transformer cabinets this year as part of the 2023 Transformer Cabinet Mural Project. The project started in 2004 as a collaborative effort between The City of Fort Collins Utilities Light and Power and the Art in Public Places Program to help mitigate graffiti on transformer cabinets and bring art into the community.

The project has lowered maintenance costs of repainting graffitied cabinets and brings original artwork by local artists to the city. It has been replicated in many cities across the state and country.

At the end of this season there will be 418 painted cabinets in the City’s collection. Artists are currently painting, and murals are already at different stages of completion.

Local artist Joe Motive will paint the cabinet at 4101 Manhattan Avenue during the City’s Open Streets event on September 24th from 10:00-3:00.This is Motive's fourth cabinet mural to date and his design features a beautiful night sky over the Rockies that is interrupted when giant jellyfish mysteriously take flight like hot air balloons. He will continue painting at the site after the event until the mural is complete. Please stop by to meet the artist and see art in action!

2023 Artists:

Chris Bates, Ren Burke, Tyler Boeyink, CM Canino, Chelsea Ermer, Chelsea Gilmore, Terry McNerney, Noelle Miller, Dominique Montano, Joe Myers, Allie Ogg, Allison Ramirez, Larry Tucci, Shawna Turner, Aerica Raven Van Dorn, and Kristen Vohs.

Visit the APP website at to view 2023 mural concepts, progress images, and maps of mural locations.

For additional information about the City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places program, visit