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This year’s junction box styling school project has been in full swing since March. Students are decorating junction boxes and transformer stations of the local grid operator Stromnetz Berlin in their neighbourhood with colourful motifs. Around 500 “grey boxes” in the electricity distribution network are transformed into mini works of art every year.
Classes at schools in Pankow (Primo-Levi-Gymnasium), Lichtenberg (Philipp-Reis-Schule) and Marzahn are getting creative this week part of the "Junction Box Styling" campaign. In a week-long project, the kids involved are adding creative designs to electrical infrastructure close to their schools. They started the week developing motifs. Then, templates were created or spray techniques learned and tried out freehand under the guidance of experienced street artists and educators. In the second half of the week (Wednesday to Friday), the skills learned are now being applied to junction boxes or transformer stations in the Berlin distribution grid.
Participating schools and funding associations have until October to decorate further cable distribution boxes in their districts. By the end of this season, almost 8,500 of the approximately 17,500 distribution boxes in Berlin will have been decorated with a colourful motif.
"Bringing the sun to Berlin" - schools still have time to apply for 2023!
The "Junction Box Styling" school project has been spreading colour in the city for more than ten years. And in 2023, the young creative talents in Berlin will have the opportunity to make the city and Berlin’s junction boxes even more colourful and "sunny". The slogan for next year's Most creative junction box competition is "Energy transition" – Bringing the sun to Berlin". Schools and school classes wanting to take part can still apply until 22 August here
Photographs: A class of year 6 students from the Primo-Levi-Gymnasium in Weißensee (Pankow) enhances a Stromnetz Berlin cable distribution box in Bornestraße/Charlottenstraße as part of the "Junction Box Styling" project (photo: Meredo e.V.)