Beautify My Bike Cage Mural Contest 2017

This year's theme is cycling, health & wellbeing

Calling all artists and cycling enthusiasts! We need your help to animate our campus bike cages.

The Beautify My Bike Cage contest is presented by UBC Campus and Community Planning, and is open to all current UBC students, staff and faculty.

The objective is to design and paint a mural that covers half of the wall in the Fraser River Parkade bike cage - approximately 25 feet by 7 feet. This year’s theme is “cycling, health & wellbeing”.

Submit your design through the online form by Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 11.59pm.

A panel of judges comprised of staff and students from across campus will select the winning design which will be painted and displayed on the bike cage wall. The winning individual or team will also receive a cash prize of $500 upon completion of the mural.

Contest rules:


Staff, students and faculty members of UBC Point Grey Campus. Students must be currently enrolled in classes. Group proposals will be accepted and groups can be made up of members who are staff, students and faculty members. AMS staff are included.

Contest period:

Call for proposals - December 26 until January 29, 2017
Judging - January 29 until February 10, 2017.
Notification - Week of Feburary 13, 2017
Painting period - Feburary 20 until April 31, 2017.

How to enter:

Contestants must complete the online application form and submit a scan or PDF file of their sketch. One entry per team. Submit your rendering or sketch digitally via the online form, photos of a drawn sketch are fine. Images should be a minimum of 2000px wide at 300 pixels/inch to ensure image clarity. A short written description of your proposal is required .

Judging criteria:

Judging criteria will be based on the sketch's ability to demonstrate animation of the proposed site, as well as its ability to celebrate cycling culture on campus, and should address the theme of "cycling, health and wellbeing". Inapporpriate or offensive submissions will not be considered.

Winner notification:

We will do our best to notify the winner by email by Feburary 20, 2017.


This bike cage wall is a very large canvas and, depending on the level of detail in your proposal, could be a heavy time commitment to complete. Applicants are welcome to enlist the assistance of friends/peers to complete the work, but a clear commitment to completing the task must be made by the winning applicant upon being awarded the prize. Paint and supplies will be paid for by Campus and Community Planning to a maximum amount of $500.


The winning team will have to sign a UBC photo release form upon being awarded the prize. Photography will be used in various UBC media including websites, newsletters, posters. Additionally, there will be a time-lapse of the painting as it progresses.


 The winning team will receive a $500 cash prize upon completion of the mural and a maximum of $500 for painting and supplies in order to complete the mural.

Winner of first Beautify my Bike Cage Contest:


Sofia Shamsunahar's mural proposal, depicting a view of the mountains from the UBC Rose Garden received the most votes in our Beautify My Bike Cage contest. Over the last year, we saw Sofia's drawing bring colour to the once concrete wall of the AERL Bike Cage. 

"I wanted to draw the mountains, because it is one of the views that UBC students are the most in awe of. I am interested in map work, as I used to read maps when I went hiking, so I added contour lines of the mountains, including the actual height of them in meters, and the grid lines. I drew a Dutch bike and a pathway for it that wraps around the mountains. The pathway is filled with happy rainbow colours, to symbolize the positive impacts that bikes have on the environment around them.

I decided to draw a Dutch bike, because I know that the Netherlands is one of countries that is most threatened by climate change, due to how close it is to sea level. The Dutch government is determined to advocate policies to reduce climate change because of this. The Dutch lifestyle promotes biking culture as well. I chose to draw a Dutch bike to remind people the threats of climate change and the ability to incorporate biking into everyday life (as the Dutch do)." 

Good luck to everyone who is participating in the contest! Make sure to stop by the AERL bike cage to see Sofia's artwork.


Here are some inspirational images: