News Release

LCG Promoting Water Quality With Public Art
Posted: 10/17/2017 2:00 PM
 
 

Call for artists to submit eco-themed designs.

 
Lafayette Consolidated Government’s (LCG) Environmental Quality (EQ) Division has partnered to create a Storm Drain Art pilot project as a way to educate the public on the issue of storm drain pollutants while also creating unique public art. EQ plans to collaborate with local artists to paint select storm drains in honor of one of Lafayette’s greatest natural resources, the Vermilion River.
 
As part of EQ’s water quality improvement efforts, the project is a fun and colorful way to remind the community of  the drains’ final destination, raise awareness about the importance of keeping streets clean and brighten up a few of Lafayette’s high-pedestrian trafficked drains. According to EQ Manager Bess Foret, “This project is an excellent way to promote two LCG initiatives: it educates the community about water quality, highlighting the connection between the roadway and the river, all while promoting and supporting local artists.”
 
A total of four drains will be painted in the pilot and the call for artists is open now through December 1, 2017. Artists are asked to submit their eco-themed design for one of the following locations: Pontiac Point, Oil Center, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Downtown. The final artists’ designs are intended to raise awareness that pollutants on land can impact the water quality of the Vermilion since storm drains are where “the river meets the road.”
 
 
Applications, project guidelines, and locations of the preselected storm drains can be found at LafayetteLA.gov or picked up at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Project installation will be spring 2018. 
 
Project Front Yard Coordinator Skyra Rideaux stated the project also supports the beautification initiative’s mission of revitalizing streetscapes, reducing litter and promoting public art. “Storm drain art is a really tactical way to engage the community and make a direct correlation between a clean, beautiful environment and a healthy environment. Eco-related art painted around the mouth of the drain is a constant and clear reminder that what goes in the drain goes in the river.” 
 
The pilot project is funded in part by the EQ education fund, Sherwin Williams and the Bayou Vermilion District, and made possible through the support and cooperation of Acadiana Center for the Arts, Bayou Vermilion Preservation Association, Habitat for Humanity and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
For more information contact Jackie at 337-291-8547, visit LafayetteLA.gov or email EnvironmentalQuality@LafayetteLA.gov.