TRAFFIC GRAPHIC SQUAD

TRAFFIC GRAPHIC SQUAD – Inspiring Beauty for Safety! 

The Traffic Graphic Squad has completed its first mural!  The north side of the U.S. West building on Highway 89 now boasts a beautiful Arizona flag shaped as a heart, with “Yarnell” inscribed at the bottom. Member Beth Adams suggested the idea, the Squad members liked it and proposed the idea to Chris Crane. (Chris had already agreed to have his building be the Squad’s first canvas, when business owners were approached to determine which buildings had mural potential.)

The Traffic Graphic Squad’s goal is to add color and interest to the look of downtown Yarnell in hopes of slowing traffic, and making the town more appealing for folks to stop, shop, and enjoy the fresh air. All of the members of the Traffic Graphic Squad were involved in getting this lovely mural painted on the side of the building.  They include:  Judy Garner, Krissy Wiles, Beth and Shannon Adams, Gale Henry, Charla Jordan, Trish Edwards, Linda Ma and Frances Lechner.

What’s next?  We’re at work on the design for the second mural, to be located on the front of the U-Stow-It building, owned by Phil Snyder, at the north end of Yarnell.  Our work relies on donations and grants, rather than charging the businesses a fee.  If you are a business owner with a storefront along State Route 89 in Yarnell or Peeples Valley, and are interested, please contact us (contact information below). 

The Traffic Graphic Squad, helping to create a prettier, safer Yarnell.  For information call 928-899-7355.

TRAFFIC GRAPHIC SQUAD – Inspiring Beauty for Safety! 

The Traffic Graphic Squad also produced the whimsical window clings which many people received at the Health & Wellness EXPO on Sep 30, hosted by the Weaver Mountains Health Initiative.  The clings, which can be displayed on vehicle or building windows, feature a buzzard saying “My Town – Slow Down.”  They are for sale to help support our mural projects: $2 each or 3 for $5.  They were even featured on a Channel 5 news report about the new traffic markings on SR 89 though our town.  

TRAFFIC GRAPHIC SQUAD – Inspiring Beauty for Safety!   After reading a study on “Asphalt Art” that shows that art can make streets safer by encouraging drivers to slow down, several of our residents came up with the idea to form the “Traffic Graphic Squad.”

We all know that art is amazingly beneficial for both the artist and the viewer, but it turns out that it can also improve road safety.  While it may be a while before we do any Asphalt Art, the Squad members have come up with a number of great ideas to add art and beauty to the area.  These include creating bright banners to hang from the APS poles and exploring the idea of putting murals on the sides of some of the buildings in town.  We are also working on a fund raiser where we will sell peel off stickers for car and truck windows (or your house or business window if you choose) that will say “MY TOWN, SLOW DOWN”.  The stickers will be available at the Park during Yarnell Daze.

We are hoping to have the first set of banners in place by the first week in May.  They will be brightly colored with Yarnell appropriate designs – fresh air and friendliness.  We hope you will enjoy them.  If they work out well, they may start a trend for the future. 

We have contacted several businesses to discuss the possibility of painting a mural on the side of their building and have received a very positive response from many of them.  We intend to do these murals at no or minimal cost to the owner.  If you would like to discuss this possibility with a member of the Squad, please send that request to infoonthehill@gmail.com.  The content of the murals will be similar to the banners – bright and emphasizing the wonderful qualities of our area.

Additional enthusiastic individuals who would like to see these project happen in Yarnell are welcome to join us.   If you would like to join the The Traffic Graphic Squad – “Inspiring Beauty for Safety” please send your name and phone number to infoonthehill@gmail.com.  Initial efforts have obtained the support of the Yarnell Area Resource Group for use of their 501(c)3 to support any fund raising.  We have also received prospects for the donation of printing of the banners, paint, and other resources, and are working with ADOT and Yavapai County.

The Traffic Graphic Squad, helping to create a prettier, safer Yarnell.  For information call 928-899-7355.