Sidewalks around the Dane County area have been getting a little bit more colorful, including one at the library.

Dane Arts Mural Arts, a public art project that beautifies neighborhoods through creating murals and training artists on collaborations with youth, painted a mural above a storm drain on a sidewalk near the library entrance.

The goal of the murals, lead artist Emida Roller told the Press, is to get people to think about what kind of trash ends up in storm drains, and what impact it has on Dane County’s waterways, where it ends up.

Roller’s daughter Sapphina designed the library mural. She said she took inspiration for the painting, comprised of ducks, other wildlife and lily pads, from the Badger Prairie County Park right next door to the library.

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