West Main has a jazzy new look thanks to the Creative Crosswalk Public Art Project, a collaboration between the Chapman Cultural Center and One Spartanburg, and the hard work of four local artists. The finished murals were unveiled during a ribbon-cutting Monday morning on Wall Street.
“Arts are a catalyst for good, and today, we are trying to improve pedestrian safety,” said Chapman Cultural Center President and CEO Jennifer Evins during the ribbon cutting. “These crosswalks serve as a marker that Spartanburg is a creative city and that we are surrounded by creative people.”
The new “creative crosswalks” can be seen at the intersections of Main Street and King Street, Main Street and Spring Street, and Main Street and Magnolia Street. Roads leading to the intersections were closed from 2 a.m. on Sunday until noon Monday to allow the artists time to create their crosswalk murals. Evins said that the artists had been working for nearly 24 hours to complete the crosswalks in time.
The three intersections were painted by Michael Webster, Matthew Donaldson, Frankie Page and Adrian Meadows. Webster, a Wofford College professor, painted the crosswalks at Main and King Streets with Wofford students and faculty. Donaldson, a University of South Carolina Upstate professor, painted the crosswalks at Main and Spring Streets with his students and his family, and local artists Frankie Page, a.k.a. Frankie Zombie, and Adrian Meadows, a.k.a. IIAspire, teamed up to paint the crosswalks at Main and Magnolia Streets.
All three intersections feature colorful, geometric designs and bold stripes that not only lend a fun look to the street but also increase crosswalk visibility and encourage pedestrian traffic.
“This project provides a unique way to both show off the incredible artistic creativity that exists in the Spartanburg community and enhance downtown walkability, both of which are enormously important goals for our city,” said Christopher…
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