Public comments sought on artist’s painting of downtown Sarasota crosswalk

City manager says staff is working on plans for second crosswalk

The newly painted crosswalk is in the 1500 block of Main Street. Image courtesy City of Sarasota

The City of Sarasota is encouraging members of the public to let staff know their thoughts about the newly painted pedestrian crosswalk in downtown Sarasota.

On Oct. 28, Careth Christine, a local artist and Ringling College of Art + Design graduate, painted the crosswalk in the 1500 block of Main Street, near C’est La Vie and Cask & Ale, City Manager Tom Barwin noted in his Nov. 2 newsletter.

“This a small test project providing a visual of what artwork along a crosswalk could look and feel like,” Barwin pointed out. “If you haven’t seen it in person, we encourage you to do so and let us know your thoughts at CityNews@SarasotaFL.Gov.”

Over the past year, Barwin continued, city staff has “contemplated appropriate locations for this demonstration project.”

A second crosswalk scheduled for enhancement is the one near Smokin’ Joe’s, Barwin added. Christine also will paint it, Barwin wrote.

“When more details are available we’ll share [them]” in the weekly newsletter, he noted, and on social media.

2 thoughts on “Public comments sought on artist’s painting of downtown Sarasota crosswalk”

  1. I have not seen the painted crosswalk in person — only from this photograph. But the message seems to be: “Drunkards should cross here” and “More intoxicants this way!” I am not a teetotaler; but I don’t feel this is the most helpful message to send. Especially when the pedestrian crossers are barefoot and walking a dog.

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