Last weekend, we had occasion to visit the town of Meadville, Pennsylvania, about a 45-minute trip from the Erie area. Almost directly off the Interstate exit is the Department of Transportation. An unassuming little building I know, but……..Directly in front of the Department of Transportation offices we viewed the most amazing street mural made from (of all things!) old road signs! Appropriate, huh?Apparently, this project (called Read Between the Signs) was begun in 2002 and is a collaboration between the artist, Amara Geffen,the Department of Transportation (which was, I guess, wondering what to do with a bunch of old road signs when they were upgrading them), and the nearby Allegheny College’s Center for Economic and Environmental Development. According to what I read online after I got back that day, they add another section to this mural each year so it’s constantly a work in progress. This amazing road mural makes a ride to a very small town a whole lot more interesting with this unique artwork highlighting some of the area’s pastimes and history.
You have to check this out! I wish I could show you how far this stretches. Alas, to string them all together would never fit as one upload, but you have to see the outstanding creativity of this. It’s just extraordinary!It highlights:
The weather seasons in Meadville…. The nearby Conneaut Lake Park
The wildlife in the area… Some of the local leisure time activities…
The farms aplenty… The trees commonly found nearby… And of course, where there are trees, there is a season to rake leaves….Some of the town buildings…. And okay, I’m not really sure what this notates! Even driving around town on Route 6! And……to top it off…..at the very edge of the DOT property, they put in a flower garden! How cool are these?
I know this post is a bit late for Earth Day, but I can’t think of a more excellent or interesting use for old road signs, can you?