Painted Crosswalks were installed in late 2016 and early 2017 at three locations in downtown Chapel Hill with the goal of enhancing the walkable nature of the town. Three artists were commissioned and tasked with incorporating the history and culture of Chapel Hill and the greater Triangle with that of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Be on the lookout for additional crosswalks to be installed in the future!
Rachel Herrick's piece is located at the intersection of Cameron Avenue and Wilson Street and depicts one of the most iconic symbols of UNC-CH, the Old Well. She chose to depict the Old Well because of its iconic history to the school and surrounding area. Click here to visit her website to further explore her work.
Mary Carter Taub's artwork is located at the intersection of East Rosemary and Henderson. The lines are intended to replicate UPC barcodes with pedestrians "scanning" the UPC barcode as they walk across so as to mimic a real-life barcode. The UPC barcode has local roots in the surrounding Triangle as it was invented in the 1970's by IBM in Raleigh's Research Triangle Park. Click here to visit her website to further explore her work.
Lope Max Diaz's work is located across from Shortbread Lofts on West Rosemary Street. His design incorporates minimalist geometric patterns with colors and iconographic symbols of Chapel Hill and the University. If you look closely, the design abstractly spells out "walk." Click here to visit his website to further explore his work.