Rain Barrel Art Project Moves to Triangle Park
First Annual Earth Art Rain Barrel Project will remain on display until April 16
This weekend a collection of five custom-designed rain barrels were put on display in Triangle Park as part of the Emmaus Arts Commission’s First Annual Earth Art Rain Barrel Project.
The project, a joint venture of the Emmaus Arts Commission (EAC) and the Emmaus and Upper Milford Environmental Advisory Committee, is designed to raise environmental awareness and raise funds for future EAC activities.
In the fall, five local artists were chosen to paint the 55-gallon drums, based on proposals outlining their designs. The selected artists are: Allyssa Smith, Claudia Evans, Cheryl Peters, Peter Gehring and the Emmaus High School Art Club.
On display on the Triangle until the Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 16 when they will be moved to Emmaus Community Park, the rain barrels are being auctioned off to support the work of the EAC.
"We are very excited to have this opportunity to connect the arts with a community project that can benefit our waterways," says Earth Art Rain Barrel Project chair Ariel Scholz.
Tom Gettings, director of special projects at the Wildlands Conservancy, says 1,000 gallons of water run off the average roof during a rain storm, eventually finding its way into gutters and storm drain systems and no longer available for use.
Rainwater collected in barrels can be used to water lawns, gardens and flowers, allowing homeowners to conserve water and save money on water bills.
Bids on the rain barrels can be placed at the Emmaus Public Library until Thursday, April 14. Bids will be accepted at Community Park on April 16 until 1:15 p.m. when the winners will be announced. Winners must be present to collect their barrels.
Bidding starts at $50, with a minimum $10 bid increment.
In addition to the Earth Art Rain Barrel Auction, Earth Day activities at Emmaus Community Park include a litter clean-up, storm drain stenciling, electronics and universal waste recycling and an eco-scavenger hunt. Visit EmmausUpperMilfordEAC.blogspot.com for more details.