Storm Drain Art Project
History of Project
This project began in 2014, with six artists installing their paintings around the City of Superior. In 2018, the project added six more art installations from local artists and residents. Additionally, in 2020, one more storm drain art installation was added to the 12 established.
Why is this project important?
The City of Superior, WI is surrounded by water. Seven main streams twist and turn through the city limits before entering Lake Superior (in Ojibwe, Gichigami, meaning “a sea, a large lake”), the largest of the five Great Lakes and the largest freshwater lake in the world (by surface area). These urban streams serve double-duty as naturally occurring aquatic habitat but also as part of the City of Superior's stormwater conveyance system. Storm drains or ditches direct stormwater (rain and snowmelt) from the streets to Superior’s streams, the St. Louis River Estuary, and eventually, Lake Superior.
Stormwater is one of the leading causes of surface water pollution, and education and outreach are key components of any successful stormwater program. The goal of the 2022 Storm Drain Art Project is to work with five (5) selected artists to bring attention to storm drains. These artists will work with the public to design community murals. Learn more about them below!
We believe that storm drain art can increase the understanding that storm drains are a direct connection between our streets and streams. We believe in the power of local art and this Storm Drain Art Project is a way to bring positive messaging about stormwater and storm drains through Superior’s collective spirit.
2022 Storm Drain Art Project
We are happy to share that the City of Superior Environmental Services Division will be leading a 2022 Storm Drain Art Project with support from the NW WI Lung Health Alliance (LHA) and by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. We will be working with local artists, businesses, and organizations in Superior, WI, to create a community-oriented project and raise awareness about stormwater pollution.