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Storm Drain Mural Project

In May 2018 artists completed murals on seven downtown storm drains. The educational art installations reinforce the important message — only rain belongs in a storm drain!

Storm drains can become hot spots for illicit dumping—grease, paint, cigarettes, and more. Stormwater pollutants make their way to the Cedar River without treatment, affecting the river’s health. Aquatic life, recreational life, and drinking water all rely on healthy waterways.

The project was a collaboration between the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa BIG, the Downtown District, Paint Iowa Beautiful, and Diamond Vogel. to install educational murals on seven downtown storm drains.

Mural Map

Locations

  • Two drains located between 1st and 2nd Avenue SE can be accessed along 3rd Street SE via the alley adjacent to Theatre Cedar Rapids.
  • One drain located between 2nd and 3rd Avenue SE can be accessed along 3rd Street SE via the alley adjacent to White Star Ale House.
  • One drain located between 3rd and 4th Avenue SE can be accessed along 3rd Street SE via the alley adjacent to the Cornerstone building.
  • One drain located between 1st and 2nd Avenue SE can be accessed along 2nd Street SE via the alley adjacent to Red's Public House.
  • One drain located between 2nd and 3rd Avenue SE can be accessed along 2nd Street SE via the alley under the skywalk, adjacent to the Cornerstone building.
  • One drain located between 3rd and 4th Avenue SE can be accessed along 2nd Street SE via the alley adjacent to Edward Jones.

» In the News

  • Corridor artists paint the way to a cleaner environment [KGAN]
  • Artists begin painting murals around storm drains [KCRG]
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