The streets and sidewalks of Lynchburg are connected to the James River by a network of over 15,000 stormwater drains. Whenever it rains, all the water - and whatever else is in the drain, including trash, oil, gasoline and natural debris - is carried directly to the James River. In order to raise awareness about the importance of stormwater drains in keeping the James River clean, Lynchburg Water Resources and the James River Council for the Arts and Humanities (JRCAH) are inviting artists to submit designs for storm drain art in the Fifth Street corridor of Lynchburg.
Six locations have been selected throughout the Fifth Street corridor, and artists are invited to submit paintable designs that embody the following themes:
• Stormwater Pollution: “Only Rain Down the Drain”
• Environmental Protection: Why clean water is important for everyone
• James River/Lynchburg Ecosystem: Local wildlife/habitat, natural beauty
• The rich history of the Fifth Street Historic District
Artists are encouraged to think of creative ways to translate one of these themes into artwork that will reflect the importance of keeping the storm drains free of dirt, trash, oil, grease, pesticides, fertilizer, pet waste and other contaminants. Additionally, the phrase “Only Rain Down the Drain,” must be incorporated into the design.
Entries must be submitted by Friday, August 30, 2019 for consideration. An independent panel of judges from the City of Lynchburg and JRCAH will judge the entries and select up to six winning designs. The winning artists will be announced in September, and artists will install their artwork on various weekends throughout October. Lynchburg Water Resources will supply all approved paint as well as a $150 stipend to each artist.
For more information and to submit a design, click here
Click here to view a map of the art project area.