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“It All Drains to the James” – 2016 Storm Drain Project

Back in April we announced the RVA 2016 Storm Drain Project and recently the five finalists painted their winning designs on storm drains along Tredegar Street. The project received 50+ entries which are currently on display in City Hall. The drains were painted between July 13-18.  The following storm drain pictures depict the conceptual criteria for the contest – “It All Drains to the James”.

After the rains on both Monday and Tuesday night I can see why this particular street was chosen.  The water coming off the hill flows right down Tredegar and into the James River at Brown’s Island.  As you can see in the last photo a lot of debris from the rain is covering the artwork. A very telling photo based on the message that everything flows down hill and eventually finds its way into the waterways. Get yourself to Brown’s Island and check out these artistic displays with a compelling story to tell.

“The City of Richmond’s RVAH2O program is an initiative dedicated to educating Richmond residents about the importance of keeping our rivers, streams and waterways pollution free.”

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Melissa Geedy – “Clean through the Drain”
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Melissa Geedy – “Clean through the Drain”
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Richard Lucente – “Only Rain in the Drain”
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Richard Lucente – “Only Rain in the Drain”
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Nicole Gomez – “The James”
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Abby Klein – “You Drop It, I Drink It”
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Alfonso Perez Acosta – “Endangered”

Photo Credits – Laura Dyer Hild

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  1. Richmond Department of Parks, Recreations and Community Facilities, Pine Camp Arts & Community Center curated “It All Drains to the James” exhibit at City Hall Main Lobby, 900 E. Broad Street from Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 29 8:00am – 5:00pm. Metered parking available. Contact Pine Camp Art Studio, 646-3674.

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