Downtown Storm Inlet Art Project

Storm Inlet Painting Project 2017

The City of Sioux Falls
In Partnership with the Visual Arts Commission

Purpose of Artwork:

The City of Sioux Falls’ storm drainage system is an important public utility and plays a vital role in public safety by quickly collecting water before it can accumulate and cause flooding. However, water that moves through the storm drainage system is discharged directly into the Big Sioux River with little or no treatment. To help raise awareness of the effect this has on water quality, the City of Sioux Falls partnered with local businesses, organizations, and individuals to paint murals on nine stormwater inlets downtown in 2016. The purpose of this project was to draw attention to the storm drainage system and to educate the public that stormwater is not treated. These paintings are intended to bring awareness to potential pollutants such as litter, debris, and hazardous chemicals entering the storm drainage system. This project continued in 2017 and five additional inlets were painted by individual artists on Main Avenue. To find out more about the project please visit

Design Inspiration

2017 Painted Inlets

Artist: Leah Simmons

Artist: Mealanie Ratzlaff

Melanie Ratzlaff

Artist: Rain White

Rain White

Artist: ShaniaTran (youth submission)

Shania Tran