Did you know that some stormwater drains flow directly into the James River? Stormwater drains are one of the most overlooked public landmarks, but the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has a plan to bring attention to them in a fun and creative way through its Storm Drain Art Project.
“Stormwater is our nation’s number-one source of surface water pollution,” said Robert Steidel, Director, City of Richmond DPU. “The James River is Richmond’s greatest natural asset, and we hope the Storm Drain Art Project will help citizens visually understand the importance of clean water and the impact of stormwater runoff, because, ‘It all drains to the James.’”
CALLING ALL ARTISTS! SUBMIT YOUR DESIGNS BY MAY 30.
Artists 18 and older are asked to submit a design for one of the five downtown stormwater drains that flow directly into the James. A panel of judges from the Richmond Public Art Commission will select the winners, who will be asked to paint the storm drains in June. The online entry form – which includes judging criteria, photos and the dimensions of the stormwater drains – can be found at RVAH20. Drain designs must be submitted by Monday, May 30.
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