Meadville, Pennsylvania, a small city in the northwest corner of the state, might not necessarily be the first city to spring to mind when art and innovation is mentioned. But you Venus types may be surprised to discover that the zipper was invented here. And for the Mars set, channel lock pliers also had their start in Meadville. And on the art front, this is the location of one of the most colorful, creative, and fun public art projects ever … the Read Between the Signs Project.
Public art is always a good thing, and it’s particularly so when a cooperative community project has such positive results.
Designed to disguise an unattractive chain link fence and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation equipment and supply yard, this 1200 ft long X 9 ft high sculpture achieves its goal beautifully.
The creators lovingly call this fanciful fence a “roadside intervention.”
And all its vibrant panache is achieved with recycled road signs!
Personally, I think the qualities that make great Roadside Americana are a sense of humor, whimsy, and fun.
And the Read Between the Sign Project gets top marks across the board. If you’d like more information, it can be found on the project website.