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Elmaks: Street artist, experimenter, and urban planner in training.


7 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 swapbox
    March 24, 2009 at 3:50 am

    I’m a street artist with an interest in urbanism and urban planning who’s based in Ottawa, Canada. This blog covers my projects in guerilla public space experimentation and improvement

    • August 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm


      we have met a few times before! i am friends with emily and trish from the wild oat days. i have recently rooted myself (bought a house) in the ottawa-gatineau community. i am working as a full time artist..teaching and arting. i am very interested in your work. i get the impression that you are now living in montreal. since becoming more committed to the two cities i am hoping to create more art for the street and urban spaces. i really love the swap box concept. i am wondering if this is your invention or if this is something that pre-existed before you started it in ottawa. i wonder how you feel about others taking up this concept and making more swap boxes? do you still put boxes in ottawa? i would be interested in making some but do not want to steal your concept or anger you. i am interested in your thoughts!!! please email me:

  2. May 10, 2009 at 7:12 am

    Hi Swaps,

    I run a website called It puts interesting blog posts by/for/about Ottawa peeps onto one site. Since the Swap Box project is pretty Ottawa-centric, I’d like to add it to Would that be okay with you?

    Here’s the lowdown on Blogawa:

    0. Blogawa is intended to get people in Ottawa more involved in our city.

    1. I do not, and will not (as long as I have a paying job) use Blogawa to make money. It won’t run ads. It won’t do nasty things to your text. It will clearly link to your original blog post (and to your blog). If this ever changes, I’ll make sure to give you plenty of notice.

    2. If you ever want to remove your blog from Blogawa, you just have to send me an email at (and wait a few days, I don’t check that account very often).

    3. I will never attempt to republish anything from your blog outside of Blogawa. At most, I’ll make your blog searchable from blogawa, and maybe to some cross linking stuff, but that’s about it.

    4. It’s a personal project of mine, and signing up shouldn’t cause you any hassle. My only request is that you link to from your blog.

    Are you interested? If so, please mail me at

  3. July 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Hello Swapbox/Elmaks

    I’ve been enjoying Swapbox spottings these last two or three years and thought it was high time I tried to get in touch and talk with you. I keep thinking our paths are bound to intersect at some event or another but it doesn’t seem to be happening, alas.

    I am keen to run some content on the Swapbox and Ottawa street art more generally; if you are amenable to being interviewed that would be all the better. Would respect anonymity of course.

    If that would be of interest and if you have a minute some time, could you drop me a line at the email address I left with this post, and we can be in touch that way?

    Evan Thornton
    Editor, Spacing Ottawa

  4. October 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Hello Swapbox, I swapped a feather for a hairclip in one of your boxes on McLaren maybe a year or two ago. It made my day.
    I admire your blog, and very glad I found it (with a shove from Jenn Cook). I did a rudimentary blog for my own thesis work at Ottawa U “Art, Nature and the Virtual Environment”. It’s about the non-knowledge type knowledge of art- (and eco-art and schoolyard gardens).

    You are a lovely writer. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Barbara Cuerden

  5. 7 Julia Green
    January 13, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Hello Swapbox,

    I am a journalism student at Carleton U, and am interested in writing a piece for one of my assignments on your swapbox concept. If you would be interested in an interview, you can let me know at



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