City asks local artists to paint 10 storm sewers

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Calling all local artists.

The City of Savannah is commissioning local artists to install painted artwork – which promotes the protection of the host city’s waterways – on ten storm sewers in the Vernon River watershed.

The canal that empties into the river has been on the state’s list of degraded waterways for nearly two decades. The city wants the artwork’s themes to draw attention to waterways, reduce pollution and protect local ecosystems.

“These drains outside our homes, schools, parking lots and workplaces may go unnoticed, but they are an important connection to a vital resource,” said Laura Walker, Environmental Resource Manager at water.

Artists are asked to email or call 912-651-6783 to RSVP for an online meeting May 4 at noon. Proposals can be submitted until June 5.

“If only rain flows down these drains, our rivers stay healthy. With the new artwork, we hope to raise awareness of the pollution and vitality of our storm drains while creating opportunities for local artists,” said Stuart Miller, Director of Cultural Resources.