SaveLocalWaters.org in January selected about 40 artistic designs submitted by local artists and classrooms to be painted on as many rain barrels. The artists spent the next few months perfecting their designs and painting the rain barrels, which will remain on display in the zoo’s Go Green Garden through April 19 until end of the auction. An online auction is underway at: http://www.savelocalwaters.org/auction. The Rain Barrel Art Project is partnership between SaveLocalWaters.org and the zoo, this initiative raises funds for conservation education in the Ohio River Valley and raises awareness about the benefits of rain barrels. Participants range from long-time professionals to classrooms of budding student artists and are based in cities and towns across the Ohio River Valley
“Each of the rain barrels auctioned off through this initiative and used in our region has the potential to conserve water and save people money as they water their plants with recycled water rather than water from the tap,” said John Nelson, of SaveLocalWaters.org. “We are thrilled to partner with the zoo and local artists to make rain barrels even more attractive by turning them into works of art.”
Those interested in bidding on the rain barrels can visit the auction website: http://www.savelocalwaters.org/auction. The auction’s culmination coincides with the zoo’s Party for the Planet and Tunes & Blooms on April 19. Admission to the zoo during this event is free after 5 p.m. and parking is $10. Residents are encouraged to bid online and visit the rain barrels at the Zoo.