BCESC Graphic Designer Chosen to Paint Cincinnati Zoo Rain Barrel Art Project
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
The Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC) applauds Joseph Piliero, BCESC graphic designer, who was selected to paint rain barrels as part of the fifth annual Cincinnati Zoo Rain Barrel Art Project, an initiative designed to educate the community about water conservation and pollution caused by storm water runoff.
The Rain Barrel Art Project is a joint effort of SaveLocalWaters.org and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. As part of this initiative, community members throughout the Ohio River Valley submitted artistic designs to beautify otherwise dull rain barrels. About 50 of those designs were selected, and the submitting artists now are painting them on rain barrels that will be displayed at the Cincinnati Zoo’s Go Green Garden through April and auctioned off during the Rain Barrel Art Benefit Auction on April 20, 2017. New this year, bids also will be accepted online via eBay.
“Rain barrels are a great tool for conserving water and saving money, but some people are reluctant to use them because of their usually plain, unappealing appearance,” said John Nelson, a representative of SaveLocalWaters.org and a public relations specialist. “We believe that turning rain barrels into beautiful works of art will make them more desirable, so we’re pleased to collaborate on this event to raise awareness and encourage the use of rain barrels throughout the region.”
Piliero’s rain barrel design, titled “Arbore, Aqua, Caelum” (Tree, Water, Cloud), illustrates the cycle of water from cloud, rain, tree, and earth, to stream.
The painted rain barrels will be auctioned off on April 20, 2017, during the zoo’s Party for the Planet event, with proceeds benefiting conservation education in the Ohio River Valley.
“The zoo is thrilled to be hosting the rain barrel event once again. As the ‘Greenest Zoo in America,’ we are always looking for ways to inspire our community to take action that can impact the environment in positive ways,” said Sophia Cifuentes, the zoo’s sustainability coordinator.
For more information regarding the Rain Barrel Art Project or SaveLocalWaters.org, contact John Nelson at 513-772-7645 or visit www.savelocalwaters.org. For more information on the graphic designer, see his online portfolio at https://www.behance.net/jpiliero.
SaveLocalWaters.org is the creation of the Regional Storm Water Collaborative of Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky, an organization focused on sharing resources to better leverage mass media and raise awareness concerning water quality issues in the Ohio River Valley. The collaborative is composed of storm water districts, municipalities, and soil and water conservation districts in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Together, we can keep our waterways clean and healthy.
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