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 partner to transform storm drains in the City of Roanoke into works of art. Creating Inlet Art draws attention to storm drains "hidden" within the City sidewalks and also raises 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 is an effective next step in preventing stormwater pollution from entering Roanoke’s waterways.

Check out the six new inlet artwork! 

Inlet Art Collage 2020

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 https://www.facebook.com/RoanokeVa.  Below are the winners from the inlet art project in 2018. Inlet Art Collage