Creative Crosswalk Program Brings Art and Safety to Hillside

Updated: June 26, 2019 06:17 PM

On Wednesday, the first creative crosswalk project began at the corner of Eighth Avenue East and 10th Street, in front of the Myers-Wilkins Elementary School. The Zeitgeist Community teamed up with artist Moira Villiard and local residents to paint murals on the crosswalks around the Duluth Hillside area. 

"I hope that it opens the city's mind to adding more public art, recognizing the value of having collaborative art with the community, and making sure that there is community input when artwork is made," said artist Moira Villiard.

The project aims to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety at the intersections, while highlighting the neighborhood's culture. 

"The design we have is representative of seven generations in a healthy community from great grandparent to great grandchild. A lot of residents told me that the multi generational households here are really important to them," said Villiard. 

During the painting of the murals, community members are welcome to join and add their own artistic mark to the crosswalks. 

In total, four intersections are planned to be painted and designed with unique images. The Zeitgeist plans to door-knock July 9th and 16th around Hillside to hear from the community where the next project should take place. Surveys will take place throughout July and August to gather opinions on the subject of the next mural.

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