Public Art & Cleaner Waterways
At Citizens Energy Group, our passion for bettering Indy runs really deep – 250 feet deep to be exact! The DigIndy Art Project was started in 2018 to use public art to raise awareness of the DigIndy Tunnel System, a 28-mile network of tunnels located 250 feet under the city. Once completed, DigIndy will virtually eliminate sewer overflows into area waterways. Just like DigIndy will help improve our waterways, the DigIndy Art Project enhances our community with art.
In 2022, Citizens once again partnered with Big Car Collaborative to tell the story of our multi-year DigIndy tunnel project. Featured artist Kaila Austin (Instagram: @kailataustin) transformed Citizens’ former coal bunker wall at 366 Kentucky Avenue in Indianapolis into a massive mural. Big Car Collaborative and Citizens Energy Group organized neighbors to help paint the mural, which celebrates the surrounding Babe Denny neighborhood, the importance of Indy’s natural waterways, and the transformational benefits the DigIndy will provide our community.
Learn more by watching the video recap below!
The DigIndy Tunnel System
Since 2012, Citizens Energy Group has been at work 250 feet below the city building the DigIndy Tunnel System, a 28-mile long network of 18-foot-diameter tunnels designed to store combined sewer overflow (CSO) after rain events. Upon completion, the DigIndy Tunnel System will reduce up to 99% of CSOs in area waterways.
Art at Your Feet
For two years, original, local art for the DigIndy Art Project was easy to spot around town, all you had to do was look down!
Citizens partnered with a variety of local artists over the first two years of the DigIndy Art Project to create original works of art painted on manhole covers. Each piece created was inspired by the White River and other local waterways. Once finished, the covers were installed around Indianapolis, including the Cultural Trail, Broad Ripple,and Garfield Park, for all to see as they navigated the city on foot.
Revisit some of the art from the past DigIndy Art Projects.