2017 Upstream Art – Lincoln
What is the UpStream Art – Lincoln Program?
This unique and educational program utilizes art to communicate the function and importance of storm drains. Area artists paint semi-permanent murals on storm drains with messages to protect the water and environment. The purpose of the UpStream Art - Lincoln Program is to draw attention to the usually discreet concrete and iron infrastructure with the hope that observers stop and think about where the water goes after it enters a storm drain. If residents understand that stormwater flows untreated to streams, rivers and lakes, they will be more conscious of potential pollutants that can enter those waterways and, in turn, change their behavior to minimize these risks.
What are we looking for?
There are 10 storm drains identified for the 2017 project that were part of the open call for artists. A committee has selected designs from those submitted, with a goal of promoting the message that storm drains lead directly to local waterways. The committee looked for designs with water or water quality-related themes. Designs featuring native wildlife that live in or near the water and their habitat were encouraged but not required.
We asked that all designs have the phrase “Only Rain in the Drain” incorporated into the artwork, either by itself or as part of a longer message. Writing may be in English or English/Spanish (bilingual).
Artists for the program have been selected and notified. Please check back soon for artist information and photos of the completed designs!
June 23, 2017
The application period has closed.
June 30, 2017
Artists have been selected and notified.
July 17-23, 2017
Storm Drain Info:
There are 10 Storm Drain locations for 2017. Each artist will be challenged with incorporating the physical storm drain structures into their art piece. The size of the storm drains vary and general measurements are given for each location. Note: measurements do not include the throat of the storm drains. It is strongly encouraged that each artist visit the selected storm drain sites before designing their art.
Sunken Gardens – 2641 “D” St.
Approx. 9’x5’, parking lot at Sunken Gardens
Antelope Park – 1650 Memorial Dr.
Approx. 9’x18”, parking lot south of Auld Pavilion
Lincoln Children’s Zoo – 1222 S 27th St.
Approx. 12’x12’, grate in Safari Café area inside zoo
West Haymarket (1) – Canopy St., South of “P” St.
Approx. 9’x5’, east side of Canopy Street, behind public parking lot
West Haymarket (2) – Canopy St., South of “P” St.
Approx. 9’x5’, west side of Canopy Street, in front of Olsson Associates building
Lincoln Station – 201 N 7th St.
Approx. 9’x5’, outside Lincoln Station on North 7th Street
Pinnacle Bank Arena – Pinnacle Arena Dr. & “R” St.
Approx. 9’x5’, between arena and post office on “R” Street
Student Union (1) – N 14th & “R” St.
Approx. 9’x5’, behind UNL Student Union on north side of “R” Street, near bus stop
Student Union (2) – N 14th & “R” St.
Approx. 9’x5’, behind UNL Student Union on south side of “R” Street, near bus stop
Lincoln Children’s Museum – 1420 “P” St.
Approx. 12’x12’, grate in loop driveway on “P” Street in front of museum
Additional Art Parameters:
Concrete Inlets with Manhole (7):
All artwork should remain within the confines of the storm drain structure. This is the concrete that immediately surrounds the opening (or throat) of the storm drain and includes the concrete box around the manhole lid. The City has allowed access to paint the throat of the drain (which may allow for a three dimensional component), but the art cannot extend into the street.
Concrete Inlet without Manhole (1):
All artwork should remain within the confines of the storm drain structure. This is the concrete that immediately surrounds the opening (or throat) of the storm drain. The City has allowed access to paint the throat of the drain (which may allow for a three dimensional component), but the art cannot extend into the street.
Metal Grate Inlets (2):
All artwork should remain within the designated boundaries. The City has allowed access to paint a 12’ x 12’ area surrounding the grate and the grate itself.
What to expect if your artwork is chosen:
If selected to participate in the UpStream Art – Lincoln program, the artist must sign a contract agreeing to paint the City-approved design they submitted on their awarded storm drain during the designated one week timeframe (July 17-23, 2017) . The artist must agree to release ownership of the storm drain artwork to the City of Lincoln. However, the intellectual property of the design remains with the artist.
The City reserves the right to reproduce finished artwork for promotional and archival purposes. Photos will be taken of the storm drains by City staff to put on the program website. A bio of each artist will accompany the photos. A brochure, including a map, will also be created to distribute to local art galleries. This will allow the public to take a walking tour of the storm drain art at its various locations.
The City will power wash the storm drains before the project begins and Seal-Krete Clear Coat will be applied to the surface of the concrete as a basecoat. Acrylic paints in basic colors will be provided to the artist for the actual artwork. Artists will need to supply their own brushes. Once the artwork is completed, the area will be sealed with another coat of Seal-Krete Clear Coat. Note that this product is milky when applied, but dries clear.
The artwork is expected to last 3 to 5 years, depending on weather conditions. In some cases, the artwork may need to be touched up. If this happens, the City will notify the artist to give them the opportunity to touch up their artwork. If the artwork is severely damaged, the City may opt to have it removed early. Furthermore, the City may opt to have artwork removed if unexpected road or sidewalk construction occurs in the immediate area surrounding the storm drain.
For More Information
Questions regarding the program may be directed to:
- Erin Kubicek