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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

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
Another view of the new Modesto crosswalk art in downtown. Photo by Michael Sacuskie

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