Right now, these images are only proposals for a public art grant calling for pieces that will remind residents of the neglected Watershed 263 that their waste disposal practices affect the Chesapeake area’s water supply.

The last time I visited Philadelphia, I was quite moved by Stephen Powers’ idea of love letters to a city. Sign painting is ubiquitous throughout Baltimore’s ethnically and socially diverse neighborhoods, so I decided to use its vernacular lettering styles to make love notes from the communities in the watershed to the bay.

I think it’s easy to see the sewers as a place for waste and filth. Through this attitude, we have let our local bodies of water fall into a state of decripitude that inspires the very same contempt. These murals will serve as reminders to embrace all parts of our water cycle and accept that its condition reflects our behavior.