Students from Laura W. Waring School and YESPHilly worked wtih Mural Arts Program artists and staffers from the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center to create artwork to be used as a decorative skin for PWD's rain barrels. Three winning designs will be shrinkwrapped around PWD's barrels. (Think South Street's BigBelly cans.)
As part of its stormwater management work PWD helps with property owners install rain barrels to collect runoff from building downspouts (diverting rainwater from the city's overloaded combined stormwater-sewer system) for use later watering plants. Typically these barrels are plain blue or tan, but they could soon wear a artsy new coat, which will help call attention to this stormwater management tactic and add a bit of whimsy to city streets.
Mt. Airy Business Improvement District and Mt. Airy Arts Garage teamed up to festively paint rain barrels for Germantown Avenue properties last year, and it appears that the decorated approach may be taking off.
Ashley writes and edits Eyes on the Street. She has a special interest in preservation, neighborhoods, and all things public – from policy to art. Ashley holds masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation from PennDesign.
Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. She is proud to call 19147 home.
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