Double Means Trouble

Project Description

Groundswell and the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) designed the Traffic Safety Sign Residency Program to engage public school students in exploring traffic safety information through the creation of original street signs. Signs designed collaboratively by students at each of our partner schools are digitally rendered by Groundswell artists, fabricated by NYC DOT’s Sign Shop, and temporarily installed in local locations students identify as in need of traffic signage. Through this program, students learn how signs and symbols can work to communicate ideas and explore visual art techniques to develop graphic images. These signs then help increase safety awareness and prevent accidents in locations around each school community.
The Groundswell youth artists at IS 72 created a sign to stop drivers from double parking, which occurs frequently around the school. The sign depicts cars double parking on the street in front of the school. Two youth try to cross the street, but are confused as to how because of the cars in their way.

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Project Info

Location: 33 Ferndale Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314
New Springville

School-based Programs

Livable Streets


New York City Department of Transportation
IS 72

New York City Department of Transportation

Lead Artist(s):
Yana Dimitrova



30 7th graders
Printed Metal Sign

Dimensions: 30" Diameter

Fun Facts

The sign features a boy and a girl, with a question mark above their heads showing they are questioning how the cross the street.
Suggested Activity
Describe why double parking is a hazard for public safety.
Fun Fact
The students’ favorite moments were the time spent to draw and the field trip to the sign shop.