In my travels, I’ve gazed upon many spectacular public art pieces in small towns and large cities. But this summer I encountered one of the most unique.
On my trip to Meadville, Pa., in Crawford County just across the Ohio border, I viewed a magnificent display called “Read Between the Signs,” which is made of discarded highway signs. It’s on a fence at the PennDOT maintenance building along Route 322 heading into the city from the west.
Since 2002, when Allegheny College art professor Amara Geffen and a former highway maintenance manager initiated the project, the display has expanded to 1,200 feet long.
It has been embraced by Allegheny’s Center for Economic and Environmental Development and PennDOT, and many Allegheny art students and PennDOT workers have collaborated.
The work, which continues to grow each year, depicts life in Crawford County. It includes images of landmarks such as the courthouse and Allegheny’s Bentley Hall, plus events such as the county fair and Thurston Balloon Classic.
There also are farm and seasonal scenes, and images of several buildings standing in the quaint town of 13,000 residents.
The fence isn’t the only part of the project. There are sculptures of flowers and [...] Read More
Source: Student & Alumni Features