Allow us to paint a picture for you

With the recent tweets and news stories about the painting of one of our green transformer boxes, we want to take this opportunity to clear up a few misconceptions.

First of all, we agree, the box is beautiful! What the artist created on our box is a lovely work of art and we want to do all we can to keep it. But in doing so, we have to make sure that important information on these boxes is not covered up or painted over.

So what’s the deal?

These boxes serve an important purpose in the maintenance and reliability of our electricity system. If there is an outage, we may need to work on equipment inside those boxes so we have to make sure we can easily identify this equipment and also ensure public safety.

You've probably seen our green boxes in your neighbourhood.

You’ve probably seen our green boxes in your neighbourhood.

Inside these ENMAX boxes is electrical equipment with up to 25,000 volts of electricity. The boxes are locked and stickers have to be visible to warn people of the risk.


These safety stickers need to be visible.

They also display the serial number that our crews use to identify which equipment the ENMAX Control Centre needs to power off or on — a critical piece of information in an emergency.

Serial number let's our crews identify the box.

Serial numbers let our crews identify the box.

So, what does this have to do with fish?

In the case of the ‘Trout’ box, the artist painted the box without consulting with us and covered the safety stickers and the serial number.

So what can be done now? We’re working with the artist on a solution that will preserve as much of the artwork as possible while still clearly displaying the critical safety and identification information.

As for future beautification of our boxes, we are exploring ways to put a program in place that will not only satisfy our operational and safety needs but also support our creative Calgarians!

Stay tuned.

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