Storm Water Street

Storm Water Street illustrates the vulnerabilities and opportunities that lay beneath our feet. Made out of clay, this sculpture features a sewer and storm water system, water treatment plant and an urban house complete with rain garden and permeable driveway. One side of the street shows the challenge of an aging infrastructure made up of crumbling manholes and worn, leaky sewer and storm water pipes. The “good” side of the street demonstrates what can be done to mitigate destructive storm water run-off. Urban gardens and permeable driveways utilizing layered components such as geo membrane fabric, bio retention soil, gravel, perforated drainpipe and porous unit paving block help alleviate the destructive consequences of storm water run-off.

This sculpture was gifted to the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center to serve as a permanent exhibition and teaching tool.