First DrainSmart mural finished by Harmony Grove student, Austin Nixon

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As the Drain Smart program kicks into full gear in Little Rock this year, residents in the city will get a chance to look at some of the amazing murals on drains across the city.

The program hopes to educate the public on the importance and function of local storm drains and how littering can affect our planet.

One of the artists, Austin Nixon, a freshman at Harmony Grove High School in Camden, has already finished his mural. His piece, titled "Our Unhealthy Earth" depicts Earth getting sick from several forms of littering. A trash can, gasoline, and nuclear waste all pour into the head of the planet while a thermometer sits in its mouth.

Below is a statement from Nixon, explaining on how and why he came up with his art piece:

"My name is Austin Nixon.  I am a junior at Harmony Grove High School in Camden, Arkansas.  I am currently the president of the art club.  During my free time I enjoy using my creativity to decorate for vacation bible school at my church and prom decorations for our school.  My interest in art came from my art teacher Mrs. Amanda Norwood.  She is very great at what she does and encourages me to think 'outside of the box.'  When she presented me with the opportunity to participate in the Drain Smart art contest, I thought it would be a good idea seeing my mom has always taught me and my brother never to litter.  My mom always included me in our local Camden Clean-Up to help beautify our city. I feel if everyone does their part to clean up their neighborhood, community, city and state we could all help our environment.  It takes everyone to do their part in this effort.  My art piece “Our Unhealthy Earth” will hopefully encourage others to do their part in keeping the planet healthy .I never dreamed my piece would have been chosen, but it was an amazing experience.  Painting the drain on 3624th West 12th Street was great, but so was getting a chance to visit with the people in the community and tell them about the Drain Smart Program."

THV11 has partnered up with the Drain Smart Program to help artists and public better understand the importance of our storm drains.

This year, murals can be found on 12th Street, Kavanaugh Boulevard, the Promenade at Chenal, and The Outlets Mall. In total, 18 artists are participating this year and should have their murals finished in the coming days.

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