Alaska's newest license plate design includes northern lights
Alaska has a new license plate design sure to make Lower 48 motorists green with envy.
The plate, which includes a scenic nighttime image of mountains with the aurora borealis overhead, was designed by University of Alaska Anchorage graphic design student Anita Laulainen, of Palmer.
The winning plate was chosen from 42 possible designs submitted from around the state as part of the ArtPlate program.
According to a press release from the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA), over 17,000 Alaskans cast votes on the plate design.
"Congratulations to Ms. Laulainen and thank you to the celebrity jury and every Alaskan who voted," Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins said in the release.
"I'm excited that Alaska’s hundreds of thousands of license plates have the potential to transform into miniature six inch by twelve inch canvases of beautiful aurora borealis-inspired art."
The new aurora license plate will be printed for the next four years, at which time a new competition will be held.
Motorists will be able to purchase the new plate beginning sometime early in the summer of 2018.
Proceeds generated by the sale "will be reinvested into artistic and cultural programs by ASCA in a continuing effort to diversify revenue and advance Alaska’s creative industry," according to the ASCA
The previous ArtPlate design chosen by voters was the now well-known grizzly bear plate.