Decorative Crossing crossing is more than just a pop of concrete colour. It’s a message of inclusion and support for a community that is often targeted for hate and violence.
Despite this, the coloured pavement markings have proven popular around the world. They’ve become a symbol of the LGBTIQ community and are widely used in celebrations of Pride, as well as in protests against discrimination and bigotry.
The Madison Arts Program’s administrator, Karin Wolf, says that the crosswalk serves as a cultural signifier for LGBTQIA residents and visitors. “It’s a way to let them know that they are supported in Madison,” she tells Uken Report.
The Spectrum of Inclusivity: The Art and Message Behind Rainbow Crossings
Philadelphia’s rainbow zebra crossing drew national attention in 2015, shortly before the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision legalizing same-sex marriage. It was painted by Tami Sortman, then president of Philly’s Gay Tourism Caucus. But wear and tear wreaked havoc with the bright stripes, which were rubbed down and faded to a muted hue.
The rainbow crossing has been relaid in front of New Wimbledon Theatre, with the colours now reflecting those on the Progress Pride Flag. It’s part of a wider project to preserve the character of Karangahape Road and ensure it supports the local economy. The project was delivered by Merton Council in partnership with the Love Wimbledon BID and FM Conway Contractors.