Storm Drain Art Project
Calling all artists: Announcing the 2017 Storm Drain Mural Project
The City of Lynchburg in partnership with the James River Association and Skeo Solutions is pleased to announce the first ever Storm Drain Mural Project.
Did you know that stormwater, or rainwater that runs off hard surfaces such as rooftops, streets and parking lots, represents the fastest growing source of pollution in the James River? We are looking for artists to raise awareness about the effects stormwater pollution has on our waterways.
Artists ages 18+ were invited to submit storm drain designs for a storm drain located at Farivew Height Recreation Center in Lynchburg.
Now is your time to vote! Public voting ends on March 1 at midnight. The artist selected will be compensated with a $500 stipend for their work and materials, like non-slip paint, tools and brushes.
Deadline for Entries:
February 5, 2017 at Midnight
Waterwise Mural by Aaron Eichorst
PauseLab, City of Charlottesville
“You drop it, I drink it” by Abby Klein
City of Richmond Storm Drain Art Project
WHEN DESIGNING THE ARTWORK, YOU’RE ENCOURAGED TO CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING THEMES:
Stormwater Pollution: “It All Drains to the James”
- Environmental Protection: The importance of clean water
- James River/Lynchburg Ecosystem: Local wildlife and habitat, natural beauty
DESIGNS MUST ALSO ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
Use the template to propose design concepts. Be mindful that some changes to your design may be required to accommodate the specific location.
- The storm drain is made of concrete with a metal grate cover on top. The shape of the drain area is a square. The drain area measures approximately 28’ in length, 37’ in width. Please use the template as a guide.
- Designs must be painted on the area surrounding the drain and must run to or incorporate the drain.
- Designs may not contain any business promotions or advertisements.
- Designs may not include any breach of intellectual property, brands or trademarks or depictions of illegal activity.
- Designs may not incorporate any physical objects attached to the drains.
- Designs must be public friendly.
- If the final design differs greatly from the proposed design, the City of Lynchburg reserves the right to remove the artwork.
A panel of judges will select five winning artists. All proposals will be evaluated on artistic merit and unique storm drain integration. Winners will be announced on February 5, 2017.
The general public will vote to select one of the five winning artist designs to be installed. Voting will close on March 1, 2017 at midnight.
- Artists will be notified on March 3, 2017 if selected as the winner. Results will be posted on the James River Association hosted website and across multiple social media platforms.
- Artists are responsible for purchasing their own non-slip paint (must be approved by City of Lynchburg), unique tools and brushes.
- The mural shall be painted by the artist no later than April 15, 2017. The City of Lynchburg will coordinate specific days and times with artist.
- Upon completion of approved artwork, artists will each receive a $500 stipend.
PROJECT RULES & REGULATIONS
The artist will clean the drain and surrounding area with a wire brush and broom prior to painting the approved design. The City of Lynchburg will provide traffic cones and traffic control on the designated painting days. Storm drain art must be painted with paint approved by the City of Lynchburg. Please make every effort to prevent paint from actually entering the drain.
The Artist agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the City of Lynchburg from any loss or damage, any and all third-party claims, demands, actions, legal fees or costs for which the Artist is legally responsible, including those arising out of negligence, willful harm, or crimes by the Artist or Artist’s employees, agents or subcontractors. This ‘hold harmless’ agreement shall survive beyond the term of the Artist’s service contract.
The City of Lynchburg will not be liable or responsible for any bodily or personal injury or property damage of any nature that may be suffered by the Artist, its employees, agents or subcontractors in the performance of this Project, except to the extent of any negligence or misconduct on the part of the City of Lynchburg.
VANDALISM AND MAINTENANCE
Artists should understand that the finished works will be on working drains and that time and weather will eventually cause artwork to fade. While the Lynchburg will provide a clear vandal-resistant varnish, artists should also be aware that the City of Lynchburg cannot prevent vandalism to said artwork, although every effort will be made to protect it.
Artists must accept the possibility that their artwork may be altered, removed or damaged at any time after completion.
The artist further grants the City of Lynchburg the following exclusive rights:
(a) Reproduction (including electronic images) for fundraising, educational and promotional purposes.
(b) The right to remove the artwork (or sections of the artwork) from the site for the following reasons:
- Endangerment of public safety
- Damage to the drain (including vandalism) requiring repair or maintenance
- Significant adverse public reaction
- Replacement or maintenance of the drain