Street Art Installed in Downtown Crosswalks
Walk across the psychedelic crosswalks on Main Street!
Artwork has been installed in a crosswalk near Main Street at 2nd Street in downtown Grand Prairie as a part of the city of Grand Prairie’s Downtown Redevelopment Task Force. The art crosses 2nd Street east to west from the Grand Prairie Farmers Market to the Grand Prairie Municipal Court. Dallas artist Ricardo Paniagua designed the DESCRIBE, which was installed at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018, by Ennis-Flint, Inc.
A self-described outsider and self-taught person, Paniagua’s works demonstrate the clear impact of his background as the descendent of generations of master tile artisans. The extreme precision of his geometric sculptures, tondos and wall sculptures, as well as the psychedelic colors of many of his works, speak to the artist’s meticulous consideration. Paniagua has participated in exhibitions across the United States, including a 2015 show at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin. One strength of Paniagua’s paintings is that they offer visual forms that don’t appear to be directed by a catalogue of art historical references. He speaks of painting as something that comes from the ground, through you and out of you, like a dream. His works appear to emerge from an internal place where form and rhythm coalesce.
The installation process is a new adaptation on thermoplastic technology used for street markings. The only other crosswalk similar to this in the Dallas Fort Worth area is in Uptown Dallas, near Lemmon and McKinney St.