Sometime Wednesday morning, you might notice a little something different along your commute.
About 60 people gathered at Eyedrum last weekend to paint signs that will mark the 22-mile BeltLine loop around Atlanta. About 100 plywood pieces measuring 1-by-4 feet, 2-by-4 feet and 4-by-4 feet will go up where Atlanta’s neighborhood transit project crosses public rights of way. Here’s a photo gallery of the BeltLine sign painters at work.
This isn’t a project of the Georgia Department of Transportation, or even BeltLine organizers. It’s the idea of “BeltLine cheerleader” Angel Poventud, who cooked up the plan about a year ago when he realized just how much traffic crossed the BeltLine’s path. When the official channels took too long for his taste, he went to WonderRoot, a Reynoldstown-based community arts organization, for help.
WonderRoot leaders spent about $600 on supplies and gathered artists, activists, students and transit fans to make the signs. They hope to post them Tuesday night. Most of the signs don’t mention the word “BeltLine,” but organizers hope they’ll signal that something special is coming to that location.
“It’s pretty simple, pretty quick and grassroots,” Poventud said. “I don’t want to say ‘Let’s take the BeltLine back.’ It’s kind of nice to take part of it back, to say ‘Let us do this from the community.’”
Of course, because this is all to be unofficial signage held up by nails and plastic ties, it could come down pretty quickly at the hand of vandals or transportation officials.
Poventud’s take: “They’ll be taken down, not because they’re not supposed to be there, but because they’re badass.”