Campus News

Keyboard Crosswalk

May 20, 2014

Communications Staff

Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Pedestrians crossing College Place near the conservatory did a double take after city workers transformed a traditional crosswalk into a painted keyboard on Tuesday, May 13. The idea came from Oberlin City Engineer Randall Roberts. “When we put down the thermal plastic for the crosswalks, the vendor kept referring to it as a keyboard,” says Roberts. “I wanted to add some interest to the area, so I pitched the idea.” Roberts says his research turned up a handful of other keyboard crosswalks, including one at the Salzburg School of Music, and one in Warsaw, Poland, that was created to mark Chopin’s 200th birthday. “But I think ours looks best,” he says.

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