Lincoln storm drains get makeover

Jul 31, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ten artists have been painting storm drains in Lincoln to increase awareness that the drains lead directly to creeks and lakes.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the UpStream Art project was created by the Watershed Management Division of the Public Works and Utilities Department. Project coordinator Erin Kubicek says the project will display "only rain in the drain" on each drain alongside varying themes.

Kubicek says the project has been in the works for two years, after she saw similar projects online and was inspired to create public art in Lincoln.

The selected artists have just less than a week to complete their murals in high foot-traffic locations.

The paintings will be coated with a concrete sealer that Kubicek says should preserve them for three to five years.

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