Artists are needed to give Superior’s storm drains a makeover.

The Superior Environmental Services Division is holding a Superior Storm Drain Art project, where local artists paint artwork on the sidewalk directly above storm drains in Superior.

Eye-catching designs could draw attention to storm drains and raise awareness about storm water pollution. Anyone over age 18 who lives, works or goes to school in Superior can submit a design.

Entry forms are available at

stormdrainart or call 715-394-0392.

Draft designs may be submitted electronically until 4 p.m. April 17 at grethenw@ or mail them to Superior Storm Drain Art, Superior Environmental Services Division, 51 E. First St., Superior, WI 54880.

An entry form must be turned in as well.

Six finalists will be selected within a week of the deadline and then will paint the design on the sidewalk above a designated drain.

Upon completion of the storm drain art, the artist will receive $200. Photographs will be taken of each painting, drain and the respective artist. The photos will be displayed at Superior Council for the Arts’ North End Arts Gallery in the Red Mug Building in June.

A map of the locations of the painted drains will also be available in June. This project is funded through Community Opportunity Fund of the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation.

The city of Superior has more than 2,000 storm drains and, in most cases, the drains bring untested storm water directly to a nearby stream or Lake Superior. Storm drain openings receive runoff from streets, sidewalks and driveways. By keeping land areas free of litter, pet waste, oil and other pollutants, we all can reduce what travels to our local streams and to Lake Superior. Planting trees, planting rain gardens with native plants, and using rain barrels can slow down runoff, help improve local water quality and help prevent pollution.

Newsletter signup for email alerts