Streetfilms: Students Paint the Pavement in Brooklyn

Can public art also mean public safety? A weekend addition to a Brooklyn street could be the start of something big. Clarence Eckerson explains:  

In what is being called the first event of its kind in New York City, Livable Streets Education teamed up with Community Roots Charter School and P.S. 67, with a helping hand from New York Cares and the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, to paint a magnificent mural on St. Edwards Street in Fort
Greene, Brooklyn. The project, which was designed by art students, was
done with the blessing of NYC DOT
under its new Urban Art Program. These short term public art installations are referred to as "Arterventions."

Not only did these students beautify their school’s street, they also identified it to motorists as a thoroughfare frequented by school-age pedestrians in a way that mere signage and conventional markings do not. There are hundreds of school zones across the city that could benefit from the same treatment.

The city recognizes the risks posed by idling vehicles near schools. Why not replicate this low cost, high impact project to lessen the hazards of vehicles in motion?

  • Terrific material, CE jr. is the boss!

  • Ariel

    That is amazing! This project instantly added color, life and soul to the often desolate feel of roads. I would love to see this expand on to other schools and roads throughout the city.

  • da

    More beautiful painted streets please!!!!

  • christine

    That is the ultimate doing more with less !

    a Huge bravo for this brilliant idea

  • Very creative. I’ll tell you the reason you don’t see this more, though: lifespan. Depending on what kind of paint they used, wear and tear from vehicles driving over the paint means it may only last a matter of months. Anyone know how this is looking now?

    Roadway engineers don’t even want to incorporate colored asphalt on their projects because the color won’t last as long as the pavement design life.

  • Chris

    I love this idea, and I am curious what city planners and police think about it.

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