Vibrant Colors Fill a Downtown Sidewalk

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- As part of the Safe Routes to School Grant, the city of Charlottesville received funds to create curve extensions in order to make a downtown neighborhood more pedestrian friendly.

Those changes will be seen on the Monticello Avenue and 6th Street intersection. A sidewalk along that intersection could also look a bit more colorful.

Before construction starts, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative and kids from the art camp set out to give the neighborhood a temporary idea of what the addition of a mural would do to liven up the area, specifically the sidewalk.

Soon, passers-by and residents joined in as well using the washable chalk paint.

"The community can see it and then respond to it and give feedback or think about how it affects their neighborhood," said The Bridge Program Director, Serena Gruia. "So it's not just us putting this idea permanently on the wall, it's about us communicating and participating with the community to create art."

The mural is an image of a butterfly flying over a stream, and it is meant to promote awareness about storm drains and their relationship to nature.

Officials from The Bridge hope to have the final product installed next spring.

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