About UpStream Art
Held every summer since 2016, UpStream Art is a project hosted by the City of Springfield in which artists are commissioned to paint inspirational murals around storm drains and sidewalks. These colorful creations raise awareness of the connection between city streets and local waterways while supporting artists and beautifying the city.
The murals convey a simple-yet-important reminder: all the City’s storm drains eventually empty into local waterways. It’s easy to forget that, as rain washes over hard surfaces, it collects contaminants such as weed killers, vehicle fluids, bacteria from pet waste, soaps from car washing, small pieces of litter, and more. These pollutants flow into storm drains and out to the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers, harming the waterways we all enjoy.
By expressing this message creatively in a section of town, the goal of UpStream Art is to inspire community members to do their part in preventing pollutants from entering neighborhood storm drains.