One of the University of Texas at Austin’s busiest crosswalks is looking a little more colorful as of Wednesday.
Capital Metro tweeted early Wednesday morning that Guadalupe Street in front of the University Co-Op would be repainted.
This morning, @austinmobility will repaint the crosswalk from the West Mall to the Co-Op on The Drag between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cap Metro buses will maintain service and make all stops, but expect delays and traffic disruption. Please be safe and watch out for pedestrians.— Capital Metro (@CapMetroATX) December 13, 2017
What they did not mention is that it wouldn’t be painted white...
Did i just see a rainbow crosswalk being spray painted on the drag? 😍— Frankie🕺🏻 (@FreshhFrank) December 13, 2017
Some sort of tactical urbanism going down on The Drag. pic.twitter.com/r6FdCRzYeg— Jeff Handy (@j3ffhandy) December 13, 2017
According to American-Statesman photographer Ralph Barrera, UT Design graduate student Joel Weber proposed the project after he envisioned a crosswalk painted to look like a Texas sunset.
With the help of donations and a grant, Weber’s proposal was approved and made a reality. Crews from Accurate Street Stamping sealed colorful traffic strips onto the crosswalk between the West Mall and the Co-op.
UT Design grad Joel Weber has The Drag crosswalk painted into a Texas Sunset with grant, donations and city persuasion his goal accomplish. pic.twitter.com/l2tNtMp9Sn— Ralph Barrera (@RalphBarrera) December 14, 2017
Weber previously made headlines when he opted to forgo dorm life while attending UT and instead live in a tiny house he built himself.
Weber, who has hopes of going to graduate school for architecture, said it took 9 months of working with the city to get the job done.
See more pictures of the work in process here.
Correction: An earlier version of this story said Weber worked with the city for a month on this project. It took 9 months.