For the third year, James River Basin Partnership and the City of Springfield have partnered on Storm Drain Reveal using public art to raise awareness that storm drains lead directly to our streams and rivers. Soapy water, litter, yardwaste and other pollutants that end up in storm drains can impact water quality. Stormwater runoff can also pick up and carry pollutants from the landscape such as excess lawn fertilizer, pet waste and cigarette butts. The 10 storm drains chosen for 2013 lead to Jordan Creek which drains to the James River and eventually Table Rock Lake.
Come see the art, view the message and meet the artists at the First Friday Artwalk on May 3rd from 6-8pm. Self-guided walking tour maps are available at www.jameriverbasin.com. At the end of the tour head to SquidFoo at 407 N. Boonville to vote for the People’s Choice winner. Voting will also take place at our booth at Artsfest May 4th and 5th.
The artists whose designs were chosen this year are Michele Ellison, Joyce Kilgore, Debbie Madden, Kevin Dwight Richardson, Jordan Choklad, Justine Coleman, Tracy Pierce, Brandon Krone, Sara Rice, and Mandy Cunningham.
Storm Drain Reveal has received national attention for its success and innovation in promoting awareness of stormwater pollution. Many cities from around the country from Philadelphia to San Francisco and as far away as Anchorage have inquired about how to start a similar project in their area.
In support of the project, Pressure Tech donated their services to clean each storm drain and Seal-Krete provided the primer and top coat to protect the murals from the elements. Kat Allie, OTC Department Chair of Fine Arts & Humanities donated her expertise, time, and space as well as encouraging her students to participate annually.
Here is one little sneak peak..
Now for the rest… we’ll see you downtown.