Jeffersonville welcomes new Creative Crosswalks to Downtown, an initiative by City Canvas. Philip Collins, the artist of the crosswalk at the corner of Spring St. and Maple St. designed an arrangement of various classic candies in honor of Schimpff’s Confectionery.
Collins said, “It was inspired by Schimpff’s which is a nearby business that has been creating candy for over 100 years. I’m a huge fan of Schimpff’s and they have brought so much joy to the Jeffersonville community for so long”
Miranda Becht, a Masters of Fine Arts Student at University of Louisville. Becht graduated from IU Southeast with Bachelors of Fine Arts degrees in Ceramics and Arts in Printmaking. Her crosswalk is located where Spring St. meets the river near the River Stage. “My ‘Tuneful Fish’ depicts happy fish jumping from waves as they play musical instruments amid music notes,” she says. “My waves not only represent the river, but also mimic a music staff. I hope River Stage attendees and Jeff citizens alike enjoy my whimsical design.”
Both Collins and Becht believe that art culture is vitally important to the Jeffersonville community. Becht said, “The city has done a great job and is in a very unique spot with the opening of the Big Four Bridge. Having these art pieces in the city not only gives people nice things to look at, but also boosts morale and gives us something to be proud of.”