At Saturday’s Festival of the River, new art for storm drains will debut in Richmond during a live demonstration.
The first of five drains will paint at the festival at 7th and Tredegar Streets near West Rock. Four others will be painted in Tredegar and Carytown later in June.
The artwork is part of the RVAH2O Storm Drain Art Project, an initiative of the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities. Five local students had their artwork selected to be on the storm drains to educate the public about the importance of keeping our river, waterways and streets pollution-free.
The five winning artists are:
- Jered Fykes
- Hope Morgan
- Elise Neuscheler
- Melissa Rosener
- Amy Smith
“The Storm Drain Art Project drew a strong caliber of local artists who have taken a clever approach to illustrating the benefits of a pollution-free James River,” said Calvin Farr, DPU
Director. “We are excited to be a part of the Festival of the River with the live painting demonstration and returning to where it all began. We’re equally excited to be extending storm drain art to Carytown, a very popular and walkable destination to eat, shop, and play.”
Each artist will be assigned a storm drain to paint over two weekends: June 9 and June 16-17. Artists will be compensated with a $400 stipend for their work and materials, such as tools and brushes. They also will receive instruction on how to paint storm drains. This includes precautions to prevent paint from getting into the drain.