For the past three years, I’ve been pleasantly amused by the city of Calgary’s painted utility box program, which sees the normally unsightly boxes painted by local artists, thus becoming a more colourful and lively edition to the neighbourhoods across the city.

But this weekend, I discovered a newly painted box in the Kensington neighbourhood that is truly a Dr. Who geek’s dream come true.

Local artist Jennifer Dobbin has turned the utility box on Kensington Road and 10a St. into an homage to the UK’s most famous doctor. What started out as a project to just paint a regular telephone booth was quickly changed after Dobbin devoured the seven most recent seasons of Dr. Who. The box will soon become a centre piece for one of the city’s pop-patios, so even thought it only took the artist only six hours to paint the traffic control box, I’m sure it will definitely amuse fans of the “doctor” for years to come.

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Mike Morrison


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