An 18 foot wide mural has a new home Fayetteville High School. In 2015, Fayetteville Underground, with help from a grant, commissioned Fayetteville High School alumna Amy Eichler to paint an 18′ mural about water.
Eichler’s painting takes you through a day-in-the-life of stormwater movement in Fayetteville. Starting on the left side of the mural, Eichler illustrates how water moves from our city streets surrounded by recognizable landmarks. As you move right through the mural, Eichler put details within the art that show some of the possible sources of water pollution that may come from our everyday activities, such as walking your dog and not picking up its waste, blowing leaves and grass clipping into streets, having your car leak fluids onto the street, or having a picnic and leaving litter behind. The furthest right portion of the mural shows the outfall of the water from the storm drain as it flows into the West Fork of the White River which flows north into Beaver Lake.
The mural, funded with the Fayetteville Art Alliance’s gift from the Wal Mart Foundation Northwest Arkansas Community Giving Grant, has been on tour since leaving the Fayetteville Underground show in gallery spaces at the Community Creative Center at Nadine Baum Studios, Illinois River Watershed Partnership headquarters, Bank of Fayetteville, Turnbow Elementary School, and the Jones Center for Families.
“Having the mural move to different locations helped us spread the message that everyday activities can impact our water,” said Jane Maginot, extension urban stormwater educator for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “Now the mural has a new permanent home at Fayetteville High School and continues to educate the students there.”
The purpose of the project is to help people understand that storm drains are not the same as a city’s sanitary sewer system. Any materials that go into the storm drain goes directly into nature.
“Our hope is that the art will help raise awareness of the purpose of these drains and help reduce the amount of pollution returned directly to the environment,” Maginot said.
The project is being led by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service through the NWA Stormwater Education program. For more information on UpStream Art please contact Jane Maginot, Washington County Extension Office, 479-444-1755, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.