Downtown Storm Inlet Art Project

Storm Inlet Painting Project 2018

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

CALL FOR ART

Storm Inlet Painting Project 2018
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 from precipitation 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. Beginning in 2016, the City of Sioux Falls has partnered with local businesses, organizations, and individuals to paint murals on stormwater inlets downtown to help raise awareness of the effect stormwater runoff has on water quality. The purpose of this project is 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 will continue in 2018 by adding five more inlets throughout Sioux Falls to the program. Artists will be asked to propose an inlet location. Location will be contingent on City approval. To find out more about the project, please visit siouxfalls.org/green.

Timeline:

April 18, 2018: Project announcement
May 14, 2018, 5:00 p.m.: Submission deadline
May 22, 2018: Design selection
June 4–8, 2018: Storm inlet painting (weather permitting)

Design Details:

The purpose of the design should focus on water quality issues related to waterways or storm drains. The design should warn against undesirable waste in the storm drain, including litter, pet waste, oil, chemicals, and yard waste. Or, the design can communicate how the storm drain leads to the Big Sioux River.

Submitted designs must be completed and in color. Submissions must include an attachment of one 8.5” x 11” illustration or photograph of the proposed artwork to keep on file. Artists may submit multiple entries. Only one entry per artist may be selected. Designs should include the entire top portion of the inlet lid. Manhole covers may also be painted. Painting the adjacent sidewalk or any area outside of the inlet lid will not be allowed. Also, painting the inside of the inlet will not be allowed. Artists are asked not to include any copyright characters or designs in their design (e.g., Disney characters, etc.). All designs should be original.

Selected artists will be able to pick up paints from Norberg Paints downtown on East 14th Street free of charge. Photos of the selected and completed storm drains will be posted to the City’s website and social media accounts. Each of the five selected artists will receive $200 compensation for their design and painting. Inlet covers will be prepped for painting by City staff with a clear prime coat. There will be an inlet reserved for youth submissions under the age of 18. If you or your organization would like to be considered for this category, please indicate this on your application submission.

Please contact the City of Sioux Falls Public Works Environmental division with any questions regarding your design.

Application Process:

Submissions may be hand-delivered or mailed to Jessica Sexe at 1017 East Chambers Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57104, or emailed to jsexe@siouxfalls.org with the subject “Storm Inlet Painting Submission.” Designs must be submitted by 5 p.m. on May 14, 2018. The following information must be included for your submission to be considered:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Link to portfolio (or attach/include design[s])
  • Short statement about inspiration for design
  • Attached colored 8.5” x 11” illustration or photograph of artwork to keep on file
  • Indicate if you’re submitting as an adult or youth (under 18 years old)
  • Proposed inlet location

Judging/Awards Criteria:

The design submissions will be juried by the Sioux Falls Visual Arts Commission in partnership with the Sioux Falls Sustainability Program. Selection criteria will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Appropriateness—How is the content or obvious symbolism of the proposed piece of artwork appropriate for those who will view the art, and is it within the context of the site where it will be viewed? Is the artwork in concert with the theme?
  2. Relevance—Does the artwork seem particularly relevant to the place where it will be displayed or the public who will view it?
  3. Site plan—Does the scale of the artwork fit appropriately within and complement and/or enhance the physical location where it will be placed?
  4. Visibility/impact—Does the proposed location offer high visibility and/or impact to the public?
  5. Execution—Ability to competently execute the proposed design on the medium of concrete (storm inlet).

Contact
Jessica Sexe
City of Sioux Falls
1017 East Chambers Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
605-367-8187
jsexe@siouxfalls.org

 


 

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.

Design Inspiration

2017 Painted Inlets

Artist: Leah Simmons

Drawing my inspiration from sidewalk chalk artists and the great Dr. Seuss, my piece is focused on showing pedestrians the “face” of litter and other waste that ends up in the Big Sioux. I would like to position the piece in such a way as to appear to be looking up at the viewer, as if the storm inlet is more like an open square of water, polluted with the trash commonly throw in the street. Like the Lorax, my little sad-faced fish is trying his best to warn people of the impact of their actions, in a way that is easy to translate no matter what age the viewer.

Artist: Mealanie Ratzlaff

I wanted to do a design that focused on the fish that live in the river and give a visual to things that should not go in the drains. By keeping the bad out, we can preserve the beauty of the river. 

Melanie Ratzlaff

Artist: Rain White

I immediately thought of this idea when I heard of the project. It was inspired by one of my favorite artists who recently completed a series of drawings on the effects of poor environmental care on animals, using the contrasting colors of blue and red. The effect is quite dramatic, albeit simple. I drew a Walleye fish; common to our area, in blue. Then on the inside is filled with the type of trash that would typically get washed away off the street, in red...it ends up in the bellies of these beautiful fish, not to mention polluting our river. I hope the simple yet stark contrast will be a memorable visual for passersby. 

Rain White

Artist: ShaniaTran (youth submission)

I'm always inspired by hand drawings! I feel as though it captivates people to want to see the art piece and its message behind it.

Shania Tran