PennDOT Road Sign Art

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Read Between the Signs (PennDOT Road Sign Art)

Read Between the Signs (PennDOT Road Sign Art)

If you’re into art, the outdoors and you love when people beautify a somewhat ugly location then you need to check out “Read Between the Signs”!  This is a project that was carried out by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Arts & Entertainment Initiative from Allegheny College’s Center for Economic and Environmental Development (CEED).  They are an organization who likes to create art to not only bring awareness to environmental problems but also to change how people react to their environment.

And if these recycled road signs, cut into different designs and composed into a long mural, weren’t there then all you’d see is a bunch of trucks and equipment behind PennDOT’s fence.  So, do you think the art changes how you react to that location a bit?  I think so too!  And there are even giant flowers, made out of road signs, in front of their parking lot, from a different project called Signs & Flowers.  These things are anywhere between 10 feet and 12 feet tall and they get really creative with their designs; my favorite is the stop sign flower, with the one way petals.

And if you were to randomly drive by this mural, you’d be pretty amazed at the details and size of it… I mean, it is 1,200 feet long and 9 feet tall!  And it’s composed of all different images that relate to the area, but enough out of me for now.  You can check out my trip here:

HOW DO YOU GET HERE?

If you’re curious about checking out this place yourself, then all you have to do is head to Meadville, Pennsylvania and hop on Route 322.  The mural is right beside Route 322 and you can park in PennDOT’s parking lot (near the giant flowers) or across the street if you like.  But, to make things easier on you, all you have to do is CLICK HERE and you’ll see a map of exactly where you can park, and you can get directions right to this location.

HELPFUL TIPS

There is plenty of room to look at and enjoy the long mural, on foot, up until you get close to the end of the fence, farthest from the building.  There’s a wide patch of grass that you can walk on, in between the road and the fence, but if you have kids you’ll want to keep an eye on them.  You can still walk to the other end of the fence, it’s just that there’s a drainage ditch in front of the fence which really minimizes the area of grass you can walk on.

WANT MORE?

If that wasn’t enough for you, then you can check out their official site here: http://sites.allegheny.edu/ceed/projects/arts-environment-initiative/read-between-the-signs

And here are more pictures:

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