Public Art Wrap Waste Collection Truck 6 and 7 - Expression of Interest

City of Port Moody

This Expression of Interest seeks artists, or artist teams, to design vehicle wraps for two City of Port Moody automated waste collection vehicles.

Project Vision and Background

In 2009, Port Moody moved to an automated collection system where standardized garbage, recycling, and yard waste carts are emptied using a mechanical arm on a truck.
As part of a regional initiative, Port Moody is reducing the amount of garbage it sends to the landfills. The City’s three cart system means that residents will have more space to recycle and compost.
In connection with these initiatives, Port Moody’s first four automated waste collection vehicles began curbside collection in 2009. By 2015 all of the City’s automated waste collection vehicles were decorated with artist-designed vinyl wraps. Four of those collection vehicles have since been replaced with new vehicles, which the city would like to decorate with artistic vinyl wraps.
This Expression of Interest is seeking two artists or artist teams, to each design one of the two vinyl wraps.

Public Art Opportunity

The opportunity is limited to the tank area of the automated waste collection vehicle. The tank area measures approximately 154 inches long by 78 ¾ inches high on each side of the truck. Final measurements will be provided to the chosen artists, or artist teams. The opportunity is limited to a maximum of one design per tank, per vehicle.

The artwork should reflect the message of waste reduction: reduce, reuse, recycle. The design message should be easily interpreted and may also reflect the concepts of conservation, sustainability and a healthy environment.

The artist or artist team will be expected to work with the printing company to produce a design that can be reproduced digitally.

Project Budget

A design budget of $1,200.00 is designated for each of the two vinyl wrap designs in this project. The artist’s, or artist team’s, design budget must be inclusive of all project costs including but not limited to artist fees, studio overhead, materials and supplies, presentation expenses, transportation, taxes and contingency. 

The City will pay for printing and installing the vinyl wraps. The artists, or artist teams, are not expected to pay for these expenses from the artwork budget.

Submission of Credentials

Artists interested in this project must submit the following:

  • Letter of Interest: no more than one page in length that explains the artist’s particular interest in this project.
  • Current Resume or CV: including a portfolio of up to ten digital photographs of the artist’s work. Each photograph must be numbered. If submitting as a team, an individual resume should be submitted for each team member. Artists applying as a team may submit up to twenty digital photographs of their work.
  • Numbered Photograph List: with the artist’s name and a brief description of each piece stating its title, date, medium, size, location and, if a commissioned project, the commission contract cost.
  • References: please list three professional references that have an intimate knowledge of your work and working methods. Include complete address and telephone number for all references.

Submittal materials should be submitted by email in one (1) PDF format file, or one (1) Microsoft Word format file, of no more than 16 pages and no more than 5MB. Submissions must be received by 4pm on March 21, 2018.


Please download and review the complete Art Call 

All submittal materials must be delivered to the address below by March 21, 2018:

Kristin Tracey
Public Art Coordinator, Cultural Services
City of Port Moody
100 Newport Road
Port Moody, B.C.  V3H 5C3
Email submissions:

All questions regarding this call should be directed to: 

Kristin Tracey
Public Art Coordinator, Cultural Services
Ph: 604-469-4605