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Sidewalk Mosaics

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Despite this week's cool snap, winter is little more than a memory. But some of the damage it wreaked on Hoosier streets and sidewalks remains as an annoying and sometimes dangerous reminder. The folks at WTHR found an Indiana community that took matters into their own artistic hands to shore up public safety and beautify the neighborhood.

Residents of the Watson Park area continued tripping and falling over their crumbling sidewalks with chunks missing, but the overworked crews at the Department of Public Works failed to fix the glaring problems -- even after two years of complaints.

Instead of making the repairs, DPW stationed barricades in the holes to warn of their hazards. Tired of waiting (and having to look at the unattractive striped sawhorses), one couple took it upon themselves to fill in some of sidewalks with mosaic patches.

Scraps of leftover art materials serve as a cool solution (or at least the start) to one community's problem.  - COURTESY OF WTHR
  • Courtesy of WTHR
  • Scraps of leftover art materials serve as a cool solution (or at least the start) to one community's problem.

They even included a hidden message in one of the sections of public art. Watch the video to check out their creative handiwork and read the full story on WTHR's website:

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