Storm Drain #1

About this painting:

Mallard ducks or wild ducks are dabbling ducks which breed throughout the temperate and subtropical Americas; taking up residence in the wetlands (Mallard Duck, 2016).

Their diets consist of water plants, and small animals. Mallard Ducks are migratory birds, ranging from Europe to Asia and even North Africa. The males are colorful, possessing glossy, green heads and a soft brown color on their wings and bellies. Females have brown speckled plumage, which helps keep them and their babies safe and warm. The males and females both have a few pretty blue feathers on the tips of their wings (Mallard Duck, 2016) .

Mallards are actually quite social animals, that is why when seen, they are rarely alone. They prefer to congregate in groups or large flocks. Mallards are the ancestor of most breeds of domesticated ducks! (Mallard Duck, 2016)

The Box Turtle is characterized by its domed shell, which is hinged at the bottom, allowing the turtle to close its shell tightly to escape predators. Another local animal that may be found in our local lakes is the Grey Tree Frog. The Grey Tree Frog is a species of the arboreal frog, native to much of the eastern US and southern Canada. Capable of surviving freezing of their internal body fluids to temperatures of as low as -8 degrees Celsius (Gray Treefrog - Hyla Versicolor, 2016). Water Lilies typically are found in temperate and tropical climates (The Editors of Encyclopaedia Brittanica, 2016). This plant family contains 8 large flowered genera with about 70 species (The Editors of Encyclopaedia Brittanica, 2016). Artists involved with this painting included: Katherine Morrisroe (mock-up, pavement outline, priming, painting, and sealing), Emalie Mooren (design), and Anna Cone, Katlyn Knuver and Brittany Salazar (painting).

Gray Treefrog - Hyla Versicolor. NatureWorks. 2016. Web.

Mallard Duck. National Geographic. 2016. Web.

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Brittanica. Water Lily. 2016. The Encyclopaedia Brittanica. Web.

Artist's reflections:

"The storm drain project brings awareness to the pollution of our local lakes and streams. It is our hope that people will learn from these beautiful works of art and that we will all be more conscientious of our impact on the environment. The community is often unaware of the purpose of storm drains and the importance of local water quality - I know I was before this project. Through the storm drain project we can bring awareness to how we often unknowingly pollute our local water sources. It is our hope that this project will not only bring awareness, but also cause people to take action against storm drain pollution. My main involvement was with the design team. It was really neat to see these paintings come to life."

-Emalie Mooren

Artist's reflections:

"The Storm Drain project raises awareness to the public that everything that goes into the storm drains goes directly into our lakes and streams. Many people have no clue that storm drains aren’t a part of the sewer system and, therefore, [water] does not get filtered or treated before going directly into the environment. I think that once people start realizing this, they will become more conscious of keeping the environment clean. It has to begin somewhere, and it will have a bigger impact on the generation growing up now.

I have learned that painting murals... is a great way to engage the community since people will be curious and ask what you’re doing. I have learned a greater appreciation for beautiful art since it will be in a place for all to see for a long time. Will it be something that people will enjoy viewing as they walk by? Is it a piece that people will stop to look at? Will they want to show other people they know? And by compelling people to show others, the message reaches a greater audience than it could have before.

-Katherine Morrisroe