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Meadeville Flowers


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Meadeville Flowers

  1. 1. MEADEVILLE ROAD SIGN ART Created by: Tara Heade Molly Hallman Risha Duttry
  2. 2. Pre-art Expectations <ul><li>Thought it would be much smaller than it actually was </li></ul><ul><li>Did not expect to see so many colors </li></ul><ul><li>Thought the mural would be strictly two dimensional </li></ul><ul><li>Was expecting few details in the mural </li></ul><ul><li>Didn’t think there would be so many cars around. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What road signs were used <ul><li>Stop Signs </li></ul><ul><li>Caution Signs </li></ul><ul><li>One way Signs </li></ul><ul><li>Detour Signs </li></ul><ul><li>Road Closed Signs </li></ul><ul><li>Speed Limit Signs </li></ul><ul><li>Litter Control Signs </li></ul><ul><li>Direction Signs </li></ul><ul><li>Route Signs </li></ul><ul><li>Work Zone Signs </li></ul><ul><li>Weight Limit Signs </li></ul>These signs were bent, folded, twisted, and shaped into flowers of different types. The use of color and designs were used very well. You can tell there is a lot of thought that went into this project.
  5. 5. What we noticed about the work of art <ul><li>The first time you drive past the mural and flowers in Meadville you aren’t sure what you are seeing. At first glance it looks just like someone painted the mural. Then the light turns red and you are stopped right next to it. It’s then that you realize the entire work of art is made out of old road signs. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What we noticed about the work of art cont <ul><li>When we got out of the car and were walking alongside the mural we could hear the traffic rushing by and music blaring from people’s cars. It was a little unsettling at first when you think the cars are right up next to you, but in reality there is about ten feet between the mural and the road. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What we noticed about the work of art cont <ul><li>All of the works of art are made of sheet metal. When you touch them though you can feel the curves that the artists put in to make the flowers. The edges on all the pieces are also smoothed down so that you don’t get cut when you touch them. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The wall continues into a scene of water and land; A barn is coming into view and as you can see not many signs can be identified here.
  9. 10. Questions that arose while observing the work of art. <ul><li>Who made the flowers and the mural? </li></ul><ul><li>How did they do it? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there any other murals done using road signs? </li></ul><ul><li>How long did it take to create the whole work of art? </li></ul>
  10. 12. Historical context of the work <ul><li>Project is in fact two works of art. The flowers and the mural are two separate pieces. </li></ul><ul><li>The flowers were completed in 2001 and are called Signs and Flowers . </li></ul><ul><li>The mural is called Read Between the Signs ( RBTS ), construction started in 2002 and is secured by the chain link fence behind it that is built around PennDOT’s storage lot. </li></ul>
  11. 13. Historical context of the work <ul><li>RBTS is a series of scenes that depict the Allegheny Mountains and the French Creek watershed in addition to the farms and forests that can be found while driving near the Allegheny area. </li></ul>
  12. 14. Historical context of the work <ul><li>The project was made with a partnership between Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Allegheny College. Led by Arts and Environment Initiative Director/ artist Amara Geffen </li></ul><ul><li>Each year the artist holds a workshop where people get together and contribute ideas of what scenes could be added. </li></ul>Amara Geffen
  13. 15. Historical context of the work <ul><li>Allegheny College’s Center for Economic and Environmental Development (CEED) has participated in the Signs and Flowers project, RBTS , and is responsible for many environmental projects in the Allegheny area. </li></ul><ul><li>More information about this and other CEED projects can be found at </li></ul>
  14. 17. Personal Connections <ul><li>The art is made of road signs that you see everyday. When you look at the mural and flowers you can recognize what type of sign it is and what its function is on the road. </li></ul><ul><li>It can be considered a tourist attraction since it is talked about and is a point of interest in Meadville. </li></ul><ul><li>Like most local commodities, the mural is less appreciated by the locals than it is by those passing by. It is as permanent fixture in their community while for most of us it isn’t something we see everyday. </li></ul><ul><li>When you notice the different scenes they bring back memories that relate to the scenes, such as the first time you saw a hot air balloon float overhead. </li></ul>
  15. 18. THE TRAIN Here is a better picture of the train scene. In this scene, the signs used were road work signs, no passing signs, and the backs of signs for the silver. As for the other parts, we are unable to identify the signs used.
  16. 19. Curricular Connections <ul><li>The signs bring up thoughts of safety on the road </li></ul><ul><li>Art is the thought that is put into it, you can create art using any materials but it is your intention that makes it come alive </li></ul><ul><li>Also thoughts of travel and road side attractions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Side roads that lead to diners, rest stops on the way up to Erie, and small colonial style towns such as Saxonburg </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How the different environments depicted thrive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The forests, the lake, farms </li></ul></ul>
  17. 20. WALL OF SIGNS This was the beginning of the wall… It starts with a bunch of flowers and goes into a train scene. As you can see from the above picture, it goes on for a small distance. Signs used in this section are stop signs, road signs, passing signs, and road work signs from what we can tell.
  18. 21. Activity Ideas <ul><li>The students could create mini murals of their own using paper shapes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The mini murals that would depict a scene from a story they were reading in class (after seeing the sign art) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The paper pieces would be precut shapes that the students could bend and manipulate (much like the artists did with the road signs) the paper to create their murals </li></ul></ul>
  19. 22. Activity Ideas <ul><li>Students could also create human sculptures to express one of the scenes from RBTS . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some examples are the balloons taking off, the deer grazing in the field, or the train racing down its tracks. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 23. Activity Ideas <ul><li>Have the students create draw out road signs they see everyday </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They would then write what each of the signs mean and what you have to do when you see them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This would be a review of safety skills as well as a review of the signs used to create Read Between the Signs </li></ul></ul>
  21. 25. Possible Lines of Inquiry <ul><li>How did the artist use recyclable materials in a unique way to not only create art but to also create environmental awareness? </li></ul><ul><li>What was the artist’s thought process like when she created the idea for the Read Between the Signs mural? </li></ul>
  22. 27. Key Ideas <ul><li>How the signs were manipulated to create the mural </li></ul><ul><li>How the community was involved in it’s construction and design </li></ul><ul><li>Road safety that can be discussed and practiced </li></ul>
  23. 29. Read Between The Signs Questions Personal murals How long did it take Activities Road safety Where’d the idea come from Where’d they get the signs In the classroom Art from trash Community involvement Recycling Amara Geffen Wall PA turnpike History Collaboration Common goal Community Ideas Original uses Destinations 2002
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