Downtown Modesto Ups its Crosswalk Game

New crosswalk art on 10th and I streets in Modesto includes this piano key design by local resident John Griswold. Photo by Minerva Perez
New crosswalk art on 10th and I streets in Modesto includes this piano key design by local resident John Griswold. Photo by Minerva Perez

Modesto unveiled a new art installation last Friday, and to enjoy it, all people have to do is look down at their feet.

Several crosswalks in downtown Modesto were transformed to look like piano keys and musical notation scales in an homage to the city’s artist community. The new crosswalks can be found on I Street between 10th and 11th streets in front of the Gallo Center for the Arts.

The “Intersection of Art” project was made possible by Modesto Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Modesto, a program for potential community leaders. The program’s participants create a community service project, and the 2017 class wanted to raise awareness of the importance of arts in the community and help with the revitalization of downtown. To that end, they raised approximately $37,000 to pay for the installation of the eye-catching new crosswalks.

If the new crosswalks help make it safer to cross those streets by catching the eyes of car drivers, so much the better.

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The 2017 class of Leadership Modesto, which raised money for the new crosswalks, join the ribbon-cutting celebration. Photo by Minerva Perez

Partners in the project include the Leadership Modesto, Modesto Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Modesto Partnership.

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Pedestrians wait to cross at 11th and I streets, where the new crosswalk features a design by Modesto resident Julie Scherer.
Another view of the new Modesto crosswalk art in downtown. Photo by Michael Sacuskie
Another view of the new Modesto crosswalk art in downtown. Photo by Michael Sacuskie
  • Bernard Finucane

    This would be funny if it weren’t so sad. It reminds me of The Truman Show. This intersection could be vastly improved with a few hundred dollars.

    Glue plastic cones to these red spots, for example. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bf7af0cd9cad624f50b2d6bfcf28c75f943d192bc08ac157fc95cbda8d90a218.png

    That would actually make the intersection safe.

  • Bernard Finucane

    This would be funny if it weren’t so sad. It reminds me of The Truman Show. This intersection could be vastly improved with a few hundred dollars.

  • Balla

    This makes all the sense in the world. Don’t address the homeless population running rampant or the mental health issues plaguing our county much less downtown. Let’s paint crosswalks and celebrate the lack of leadership this county provides to it’s taxpayers. Stop wasting taxpayer funds and address what really needs fixing. Not a damn piano painted crosswalk. Laughable at best.

    • Tyler Bernstein

      You do realize that with the passage of measure H and measure HHH at least the city of Los Angeles is trying to tackle the homelessness crisis. I can only assume that this tax-payer funded project cost less than one hundredth of the budget if not less. The government is capable to doing more than one thing at a time

      • Jeffrey Baker

        What does LA’s measure H have to do with Modesto?

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