MATTHEWS, N.C. -- A local greenway is transformed into a work of art.
The Four Mile Greenway in Matthews is getting creative with some unlikely eyesores along the path. Man hole covers and sewer pipes predated the greenway.
After the walkway was built, the structure were eyesores, and that's when the Matthews Parks and Recreation decided to act.
Last year they put out a call to artists to submit their work and in April many of the man hole cover and sewer pipes transformed into giraffes, vines and even bugs.
"We like people out on the greenway, they're out here, they're walking their dog and they're running, they're riding their bikes with the family and we give them another reason so come out here," said Cultural Recreation Manager, Colten Marble.
Diane Ramirez Harrison had two of her designs chosen. She says the sewer pipes make for an unlikely canvas.
"Little smelly stuff comes out every once in a while from the top. We just have to get away from it for a little bit," she laughed.
Her family, including her husband and two daughters,is helping paint the project. The art includes the metamorphosis of several different insects, including the lady bug. She hopes people stop and enjoy her art and nature.
"As an artist, you're heart just fill us. Like, 'yay', that's awesome," she said.
There are about 17 man hole covers and sewer pipes on the Four Mile Greenway.
About 12 to 14 of them have already been assigned to artists, but the town is still looking for more submissions. If you're interested email Colten Marble at firstname.lastname@example.org.