H2OK DrainART project

DrainART tile

H2OK Drain ART Civic Project

City Walk

Stormwater drains and infrastructure have come to life in Civic with colorful, provocative and creative artwork by local artists Benjamin Reeve and Delene White.

The DrainART has been placed on stormwater drains that lead straight from Civic to Lake Burley Griffin and more will be rolled out across the ACT and region, including Cooma, Yass and Queanbeyan, over coming weeks.

Look for decals and stencils that show how pollutants such as rubbish, cigarettes, oil, leaves and grass wash off the street into the stormwater drains and end up in our lakes and waterways.

The ACT Government hopes the artwork will draw pedestrians' attention to the issue of water quality for our region and encourage us to change what we do in the streets and on our blocks at home.

The DrainART project sends a clear, visual message that pollutants and rubbish on the city’s streets travel straight to Lake Burley Griffin and on to the Molonglo and Murrumbidgee rivers where poor water quality can affect local wildlife that live in and around the water.

Benjamin Reeve (artist)

Benjamin Reeve is an artist and curator based in Canberra. His creative work can be found on an impressive list of projects and has featured in many Australian and international productions, from large scale graffiti murals to big budget films.

Benjamin works full time as an artist and exhibition curator and is currently doing his Doctorate of Creative Industries.

Benjamin is passionate about Canberra’s waterways and regularly enjoys walks around Lake Burley Griffin with his family.

Benjamin’s message is that we all have a responsibility to ensure our rubbish is put in its place and not left to pollute our waterways. His artwork connects wildlife with the rubbish that finds its way from our streets into the Molonglo River and Lake Burley Griffin and then downstream onto the Murrumbidgee River.

Mural and asphalt art decals designed by Benjamin Reeve

Delene White (artist)

Delene was born in Canberra at the same time the Molonglo River was dammed to make Lake Burley Griffin (1965). She studied silver-smithing at the Canberra School of Art and, upon graduation, received a DAAD scholarship to continue her study in Germany for 12 months.

Delene went on to study graphic design, followed by a graduate diploma in marketing and communication. Delene was employed for her artistry and award-winning design skills on national and international projects for 15 years, before starting her own art and design business.

The message in Delene’s art speaks of the vital connection between our world and the watery world that lies beneath its surface. Using subtle humour she hopes fellow Canberrans will remember this and appreciate the importance of keeping our waterways free from pollution.

Artist Delene White

Asphalt art decals designed by Delene White