Jul 26, 2021 - News
Urbandale's "splash art" brightens public spaces
Four photos of art on drain lids, an electric meter and a tunnel in Urbandale, Iowa.
Manhole lids and drain covers are among the infrastructure turned into art in Urbandale. Photos courtesy of the city of Urbandale

Urbandale's Public Art Committee launched a program last year to spiff up otherwise dull public infrastructure with art.

  • Urbandale calls it "splash art" — and it's funded in part by a $2.5K grant that's matched by the city.
  • Just take a look at what the artists came up with. An electric meter-turned-elephant? We love it.

Of note: It's uncertain whether Urbandale will budget more money for future masterpieces in the program, city spokesperson Derek Zarn told Jason last week.

Be smart: Get approval from the city before creating your artistic wonders on public surfaces.

  • Otherwise, it's just graffiti or vandalism.
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