Storm drain artwork raises water quality awareness.
Artist John H. White applies SEAL-KRETE Clear-Seal to his storm drain mural, titled "Fragile Swan."
SEAL-KRETE Clear-Grip was applied to this mural's surface to provide a non-skid surface without changing the vibrant colors of the artwork, "Open Mouth Fish" by artist Laura Lynch.
SEAL-KRETE® partnered with James River Basin Partnership (JRBP) and the City of Springfield (MO) Storm Water Services Division on Storm Drain Reveal, a project designed to raise awareness that soapy water, litter, yard waste, and other pollutants that end up in storm drains lead directly to rivers, creeks, and other waterways. Ten downtown storm drains in Springfield were transformed into public murals as reminders of their connection to waterways.
Each work of art was protected with SEAL-KRETE Clear-Seal, a premium low-gloss concrete sealer that seals and protects painted, stained or bare concrete. SEAL-KRETE Clear-Grip, a durable polymeric aggregate, was added to the sealant to ensure a non-slip concrete texture.
“We were honored to partner with James River Basin Partnership to help raise public awareness of how stormwater drains lead directly to our waterways,” says Kevin Corcoran, marketing manager for SEAL-KRETE. “The Clear-Seal used by each artist will serve to protect their beautiful works of art that transformed ordinary storm drains into a daily reminder of our connection to our waterways.”
SEAL-KRETE Clear-Seal is a durable urethane-fortified acrylic sealer with low odor and low volatile organic compounds (VOCs), making it easy to work with and safe for the environment. It goes on milky white and dries to a low-gloss finish, enhancing the natural character of the concrete surface. Clear-Seal resists chlorine, salt, chemicals and UV rays, and repels stains and spills, allowing it to be used to protect and beautify painted, stained or bare concrete.
“The artists were enthusiastic about protecting their murals with Clear-Seal,” says Tiffany Frey, project manager at JRBP. “They appreciated how easy the product was to use and they loved the low gloss finish. The artists were also impressed by the performance of SEAL-KRETE’s Clear-Grip-it added a great non-skid surface to the murals’ surfaces without changing the color of the artwork.”
Developed for use as an anti-skid additive to floor paint or sealers, Clear-Grip is a durable, micronized polymeric aggregate that will not soften under normal heat exposure. It adds a slight texture to finishes without changing the color, and is chemical and solvent resistant. Clear-Grip can be used in water-based, solvent-based alkyd, urethane or epoxy coatings.
SEAL-KRETE is a Convenience Products brand, headquartered in St. Louis, MO. A leading manufacturer of waterproofing and decorative coatings for concrete, SEAL-KRETE has offered weatherproofing protection for concrete and masonry for more than 20 years. Serving both professional contractors and do-it-yourselfers, SEAL-KRETE manufactures products developed for surface protection and beautification.For more information, call (800) 323-7357 or visit www.SEAL-KRETE.com.