“Crossing the painted road which extends east from The Philadelphia Museum of Art, August 1973,” by Dick Swanson, via the U.S. National Archives Commons on flickr.
This is another photo taken for DOCUMERICA, a 1970’s photography program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (shown here with original caption).
The road painting, “Big Stripes,” by Gene Davis, was created in 1972. At the time, it was the world’s largest painting. Davis was a leader in the Washington [D.C.] Color School.
Does anyone know if any part of this painting survives today?
4 thoughts on “Striped road”
What a fabulous photo, and such a great idea. I doubt if anything of ‘Big Stripes’ survives but I hope I’m wrong.
It would be nice to think that you could go there and see some traces of paint.
I don’t know anything about this painting but it is interesting!! I have to tell you when i looked at the picture quick I thought of the Beatles “Abbey Road’ , is that the name? Where they are walking on the crosswalk.. Did anyone else get that quick impression?
It does look like they turned the road into a colorful long crosswalk.