Grey Group Worldwide lent 320 employees and illustration know-how to paint a geometric, undulating pattern on an otherwise gray stretch of traffic barriers in New York City's Harlem. The project, part of the agency's annual volunteering day, contributed to the Department of Transportation's temporary art program that aims to spruce up public space and city infrastructure, reports the New York Times.
Grey illustrator Pedro Delgado designed the green and blue pattern for 1,900 feet of concrete barriers on the bicycle path along High Bridge Park, north of 155th Street, paralleling the Harlem River Drive. The long curving shapes locking and unlocking utilize earthy, organic colors to reflect the surroundings and emulate the visual flow of walking past the wall, Delgado says. The design also had to be easy enough for volunteers with a range of skill sets to execute.