Art in the Heart to give pipes a makeover

Scattered all across downtown Fairbanks are huge pipes coming out of the ground.

These pipes provide air exchange for utilidors under the sidewalks and streets.

Until now, these big pipes were an ugly eyesore.

But thanks to a collaborative effort within the Downtown Association, these pipes will have a new look soon.

"Art in the Heart - Paint the Pipes" is a new project that will allow inspired artists to come up with creative ideas to make the pipes more colorful and attractive.

The association will pay a stipend of $300 and provide the materials for the artists to transform the pipes into works of art.

Amy Nordrum with the Downtown Association says artists are invited to participate.

"They're kind of blank white canvases, and we wanted to bring a little color and life to the streets of downtown Fairbanks and enhance the streets," said Nordrum.  "Artists can get involved by applying to http://www.downtown before August 20th. Then a selection committee will approve a certain number of designs, and we'll unveil the painted pipes on September 24th at the very last downtown market."