LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Whenever it rains in Lynchburg, all the water and drain contents — like gas, oil, trash, and natural debris — flow directly into the James River through a network of more than 15,000 stormwater drains.
In order to raise awareness about the importance of these drains to keep the river clean, Lynchburg Water Resources and the James River Council for the Arts and Humanities are inviting artists to submit designs for storm drain art.
Officials have selected six locations in the Wyndhurst neighborhood and ask that artists create paintable designs that embody the following themes:
- Stormwater pollution: “Only Rain Down the Drain”
- Environmental protection: Why clean water is important for everyone, including native animals and plants
- James River/Lynchburg ecosystem: Local wildlife, natural beauty, and community connection
“Artists are encouraged to think of creative ways to translate one of these themes into artwork that will reflect the importance of keeping storm drains free of dirt, trash, oil, grease, pesticides, fertilizer, pet waste and other contaminants,” Lynchburg Water Resources said in a statement last week. “Additionally, a phrase with the same message as ‘Only Rain Down the Drain’ must be incorporated into the design.”
Entries must be submitted by Aug. 31, the six winning designs will be announced in September, and artists will install their artwork throughout October. Lynchburg Water Resources will provide all approved paint, as well as a $175 stipend for each artist.
In addition, a “Donuts and Drains” launch party will take place at Mama Crockett’s Cider Donuts at 500 Fifth Street from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 29. Potential participants will not only get to enjoy some donuts, but they will have the opportunity to ask questions, brainstorm designs, and check out previous installations.
To learn more and to submit a design, visit the project website.
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