Stormwater Art Project

The Clark Fork Watershed Education Program (CFWEP) and Butte-Silver Bow have teamed up to increase stormwater awareness in our community by placing public art on traffic signal boxes throughout Butte. Community members often don’t realize that all of Butte’s stormwater is untreated and eventually makes its way into either Blacktail or Silver Bow Creek. Unfortunately, this means trash, oil, and other materials make their way into these important bodies of water threatening the health of our precious water resources.
The goal of this effort is to increase awareness of storm drain connections to our creeks while adding vibrancy to our community through public art installations. There are 30 signal boxes eligible for wrapping in the Uptown and Harrison Avenue districts. Signal boxes will be wrapped with original works of art, and the art selected for the signal box wraps will have ecological, aquatic, or riparian connectedness theme. We envision the art on the signal boxes honoring the unique ecology and beauty of the summit valley, our water resources, and the outdoor areas we all know and love.

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Art Theme

Artwork and/or photographs should have a specific ecological, aquatic, or riparian connectedness theme. A few examples of this include artwork that:

  • Conveys the literal messages of “only rain in the drain” or “water drains to creek;”
  • Shows the connection between our storm drains and Silver Bow and Blacktail Creeks;
  • Contains ecological or riparian elements such as native trout, wildlife, aquatic macroinvertebrates, native plants, and water;
  • Conveys the history and significance of our waterways.

Art Medium

Art will be converted to a digital medium and will be printed on a weather and fade resistant wrap. Art can be created digitally using tools such as Adobe Illustrator or it can be created using physical materials. We will be using a large scanner to transfer physical art work to a digital medium.

DOT Regulations

The Department of Transportation does not allow artwork that faces the street to contain words or other loud elements to ensure traffic safety. You may include these elements on the sidewalk side of the artwork. Logos are not permitted anywhere on the artwork. Correct proportions are illustrated in Figure 1.

Art Selection

Art will be selected by a committee of sponsors, community members, and the CFWEP team.

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