Crutchfield Asphalt Art Mural and Activation

Mural Artists on Glass Street

Image courtesy Make Beautiful

HOW DO YOU TURN A LITERAL STREET INTO A SYMBOL OF COMMUNITY CELEBRATION AND PUBLIC SAFETY? IT STARTS WITH PAINT. A LOT OF IT.

BACKGROUND

For years, Glass Farm residents didn’t have consistent access to a grocery store. So when a new Save A Lot came to the area, our neighborhood advisory council saw an opportunity to partner and celebrate — all with the goal of making Glass Street safer for pedestrians and more beautiful for all.

NEED

The Glass Street Gateway is both a residential corridor and traffic thoroughfare. Creating spaces for residents to gather has been a decades-long project, and key to keeping kids and residents safe has been negotiating where and how vehicle traffic functions in the area. Cruthchfield Street, which borders the new Save A Lot on one side, was an ideal candidate for a slow-down.

VISION

Supported by a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, we partnered with the Chattanooga Department of Transportation and Chattanooga Design Studio to create a block-long asphalt mural on Crutchfield Street. The mural is designed by local artist Kevin Bate with input from the community, and was installed with help from a squad of neighbors and volunteers.

The Bloomberg Asphalt Art grant helps cities use art and community engagement to improve street safety and revitalize public spaces, so in addition to activating Crutchfield at the street level, we worked with students and teachers at Hardy Elementary to expand the mural and mark safe walking paths in the area using stencils and wheat paste. The mural was unveiled at the grand opening block party for Save A Lot, along with a new community boardwalk and temporary gathering space alongside the mural. From start to finish, the asphalt art project has been a community-owned public safety project, leaning on local businesses, schools and residents to help make Glass Street more beautiful, safe and inviting for all.

PARTNERS

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Chattanooga Department of Transportation

Chattanooga Design Studio

Mark Making

Build It Green

Reach One Teach One

Scenic City Angel

Hardy Elementary School

Save-A-Lot

All images courtesy Make Beautiful