Some local storm drains to get artistic makeover

Some local storm drains to get artistic makeover

The Stormwater Coordinator at the University of Illinois is seeking artists to help educate people about local waterways by painting murals on storm drains.

Eliana Brown said the project's theme is stormwater management to encourage keeping creeks pollution-free.  She added that much of the stormwater in
Champaign-Urbana drains into Boneyard Creek, which eventually leads to the Vermilion River System, then on to the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Brown added that the only thing that should be going into storm drains is rainwater.  She said 12 to 13 artists will be needed to paint the drains throughout Champaign-Urbana.

Brown says the deadline for artists to apply is this Saturday, Aug. 10.  She said artists will get to work in the beginning of September so people can enjoy the artwork through the fall.

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DMC wrote on August 07, 2013 at 11:08 pm

We don't need an artistic storm drain, we just need one that works. The drain on Green Street between Busey and Coler Streets frequently gets clogged up with debris and the street floods during heavy rains.  We won't be able to see a pretty picture on the storm drain if it is under a foot of water. Can't anyone do anything about this - problem has been going on for years. 

dt wrote on August 08, 2013 at 11:08 am

I think we have multiple problems w.r.t. storm waters management: (1) we want our drains to move a lot of water when needed, and (2) we want to learn how to avoid washing mounds of plastic garbage downstream into our ecosystems (all the way to our oceans).  Engineers can solve (1), but artists and educators can solve (2).  Both are needed!  Our oceans are facing a new sinister threat...  PLASTIC!