Marlene Feist

Seeking Student Designs

Marlene Feist, Utilities Communications Manager, No Phone Number Available

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 4:05 p.m.

Seeking Student Designs

Ever thought about having your design cast in iron to be enjoyed for decades? Spokane Arts and the City of Spokane's Wastewater Management Department have the contest for you.

Students who are age 18 or under and live in the City of Spokane are invited to submit a design for a manhole cover. The selected design will be cast and used starting this summer in locations throughout the City. The winner also will receive $100 and be recognized in a ceremony at City Hall. The designs will be evaluated by members of the staff of Wastewater Management, Spokane Arts Commission, and community representatives.

The project's intent is to enhance the visual appearance of the City of Spokane manhole covers. While all designs should be visually appealing to all ages, they should also be reflective of the City of Spokane and communicate a sense of place. Designs may reflect the environment, nature, water, water qualities or landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

A similar contest was held in 2010, and the winner was a seventh grader from Shaw Middle School. The picture is of that winning design, which was selected from among 625 entries.

Interested students can find more information and a submission form at All submissions should be sent to Manhole Cover Art Contest, Attn: Gary Kaesemeyer, City of Spokane, 909 E. Sprague Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202. The deadline is March 30 at 3 p.m.

The City installs or replaces 100 to 200 manhole covers a year. There is no extra cost to the City to have the covers sport a different design. Manhole covers can last 50 years or more so the winning artist will help beautify our community for many years.