Through a Bloomberg Philanthropies grant, the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA), the Greater Bond Neighborhood Association, and the City of Tallahassee’s Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Affairs (PRNA) Department partnered to facilitate the creative painting of 5 crosswalks and 1 intersection at 3 locations within the Greater Bond neighborhood. Tallahassee distinguishes itself as a national leader in public art by partaking in this Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative.
The four crosswalks at the intersection of Saxon Street and Tucker Street are situated right next to Bond Elementary School. In the Greater Bond Neighborhood, many children walk from their homes to attend this elementary school everyday. For this reason, artist Franzline Whaley focused her design around education and playfulness. The words “Think Big” line two of the crosswalks that the children will walk over to safely get to school. Colorful imagery of a light bulb, gears, flowers, and shapes are also included in this mural. Whaley wanted the neighborhood children walking to Bond Elementary School to feel inspired and valued during their daily walks.
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