February 18, 2004

Earthwater Stencils

Category: Environment

stencilx.gifYour Watershed: I've seen these stencils all over southern California and Florida, the idea being to discourage people from dumping polutants down the drain, but they can obviously be used in any community to raise awareness of the relationship between what you dump and the quality of your local watershed.

Even if you're not prone to pour motor-oil in the street, the presence of these stencils is a constant reminder of the closeness of streams, lakes, oceans, or whatever the local water feature happens to be. Another subtle way to keep people thinking.

[Earthwater Stencils][buy your own here]

Posted by Nick at February 18, 2004 5:42 PM


The manhole covers here (Ottawa, Canada) are aerated with a cutout of a fish.

The idea is an earthwise initiative...but from a more holistic perspective...where the designers of the sewer system anticipated the need to ward off toxic dumping.

Unfortunately, no text is supplied to identify that the idea behind the fish silhouette cut into manhole covers is there to cue you to think about who (or what) may be drinking those toxins that you dump down the drain.

Without any text...the reason for the iconography is open to interpretation. So, I've always wondered, if jesus-freaks go around...seeing these inlaid fishies and just figuring that the sewer system is run by an underground (literally) christian cult...or that God is in the drains?

Posted by: kiki at February 20, 2004 3:03 PM