Stormdrain Inlet Art

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Imagine what local artists could communicate about improving Roanoke’s water quality. The Roanoke Arts Commission and the City’s Stormwater Utility is partnering again to transform six storm drains in the City of Roanoke into works of art. The six inlet art locations will be along Melrose Ave NW, Colonial Ave SW, Garden City Blvd SE, Ferncliff Ave NW, Midvale Ave, and Indian Village LN SE. Creating Inlet Art will not only draw attention to storm drains "hidden" within the City sidewalks, but will also raise awareness about storm water pollution.  Few people realize that litter, trash, and other pollution sources like sediment, bacteria, oils, and yard waste left on City streets wash untreated into the nearest creek, stream, or the Roanoke River.  Raising awareness through visual expression has been successfully implemented in other communities and we believe adding to the project will be an effective next step in preventing stormwater pollution from entering Roanoke’s waterways.

2020 Inlet Art will be completed by October 16, 2020.

Map of locations coming soon! 

People's Choice Award

Which stormdrain inlet artwork is your favorite? Vote on October 16 by clicking "like" on the one you love the most! The winning artist will receive a People's Choice Award and $200. Second place will be awarded $100.Voting on Roanoke Stormwater Facebook will begin Friday, October 16 at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23. 

 Enjoy these public art pieces at the following locations: 

 - “Keep it Blue” by Andrew Teates in front of William Fleming High School 

- "A Clean River is a Happy River” by Elanie Fleck at the intersection of Melrose Ave and 29th St 

- "We all share the Water” by Elanie Fleck at Vic Thomas Park

- "What goes ‘round, comes ‘round” by Hunter Bell at Indian Village and Wise Ave 

- "School’s Out” by Nikki Pynn at Colonial Ave

- "Nature” by Renae Dower at Garden City Elementary 

 By voting in this contest, each participant agrees that they hereby waive, release, and forever discharge, the City of Roanoke, Virginia, and Facebook, Inc., from any and all claims, damages, liabilities, actions, and causes of action of every nature and kind, arising out of their use of Facebook in this contest. This contest is sponsored solely by the City of Roanoke, Virginia, and is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Inc.

People’s Choice Award for Inlet Art Project 2018

The public voted for their favorite artwork on stormdrain inlets through the City of Roanoke’s Facebook page at  Below are the winners from the inlet art project in 2018. Inlet Art Collage