NJSGC and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program have teamed up to use rain barrels as a tie-in project for New Jersey Top Ten Beaches 2014. A rain barrel is a 55-gallon recycled food-grade container placed at the downspout of a roof to collect rain water. They help the environment by reducing the amount of rain that flows into storm drain systems, which helps prevent flooding and cuts down on pollution entering New Jersey’s waters. Collected rainwater can be used to water gardens and for other household tasks. The retrofitted recycled barrels were prepped as blank canvasses which were painted with iconic coastal, beach, bay, ocean and boardwalk scenes and images commemorating the Jersey Shore. Click Here to see a photo gallery of the barrels and Click Here to read more about the project.
Special Thanks to Whole Foods Market Middletown for their sponsorship
and enthusiastic support of the 2014 Rain Barrel Art Project.
Twelve local artists were selected to hand-paint each barrel. Click here for artist info and bios.
Thanks to the individual barrel sponsors for their support! They’ll all be hosting the Rain Barrel Tour on designated dates between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Check back here for tour dates and locations.