When Fayette County fell behind in water quality standards, the city made a major push to educate the public about the importance of storm drains and pollution.
Now a very visual push is being made to bring awareness to the problem.
Good Question: Why are some storm drains being jazzed up in downtown Lexington?
Its public art in probably one of the most unlikely places.
"These are actually storm drain covers," said Lexington artist Blake Eames.
Eames and Claudia Michler have spent the better part of the summer on their hands and knees painting storm drains in downtown Lexington.
" I mean we are making it more beautiful there is so much gray so much concrete and just to spice up the neighborhoods it is fun!"
There are lady bugs crawling on some, others are more abstract and some just plain fun to look at.
At one location near high and rose there is a tribute to an old favorite, High on Rose.
"In this neighborhood it was a local landmark.'
The tribute to High on Rose will be the 25th piece of art out of 30 commissioned.
The "Made You Look" project was made possible through a $5000 Eco Arts grant.
While the art is the visible focus, it also serves as a way to educate the public about not putting something in them that can pollute our streams and rivers.
"This is for pedestrians, bicycles, people with kids and strollers, when they walk up we want them to see it, be invited want to walk up to it and learn from it."
What started out as a way to bring more art to a community has now become a mission for the two artists that they hope others will be inspired by.
"I don't want to police my community, but I'm so much more aware of what I do, what my family does."
Eames says the community has really gotten behind them, with people stopping to bring them lunch even coffee while they paint.
Storm Drain Locations:
Mechanic and Limestone
Limestone and 6th
Limestone and Short near the Justice Buildings
Limestone and Church near George's Deli
Short and Broadway
Clay and High
High between MLK and Hagerman
Main and Jefferson
Maxwell and Rose
Eastern and Main (one on each side)
3rd and Limestone
3rd and Elm Tree Lane
Clay and Central Ave
Central Ave and Clay
Old Vine and Vine
Euclid and High near Buddy's patio
Double Storm Drain on Euclid and Woodland
Euclid before Rose Street
Rose and High
Jefferson and 3rd across from the The Green Lantern
High at the YMCA
MLK and Main Street
Main Street The Kentuck Theater
Main and Rose
1 curb at Main and Rose Streets