Wednesday, April 1, 2009

One of the coolest things...

This is one of the coolest artwork displays I think I have ever seen. We were in the small town of Meadville, PA the other day (where, incidentally, I was supposed to attend college many, many years ago but then changed my mind) and we drove by the Pennsylvania DOT buildings which were surrounded by atrwork comprised of discarded road signs. I really couldn't believe how beautiful it was. What a great way to not only recycle but to enhance the beauty of the community as well. I only wish I had my camera handy at the time. I did find a couple pictures online although I do believe it is more developed now. Here's the scoop:

"Initiated in 2002, this ongoing roadside intervention is located along Route
322 at the gateway to Meadville. Read Between the Signs (RBTS) involves the
design and fabrication of a 1200' x 9' sculptural relief made of discarded road
signs and featuring solar- and wind-powered kinetic components. RBTS is attached
to an existing chain link fence surrounding PennDOT's storage lot and depicts
images and forms that reference the Allegheny Mountains, the French Creek
watershed, roads, PennDOT workers, farms and forests. This sculptural “fence”
beautifies the gateway to Meadville, while creating a unique sense of place and
identity for our community. Since 2002 RBTS has evolved into a participatory
community-based public art project led by Arts & Environment Initiative
Director and artist Amara Geffen. It also has become a landmark for the
Meadville community."

Visit Read Between the Signs for more info and great photos.