Bringing Art to the Streets…at the Crosswalk

Mar 16, 2015

River Migration_aHataya Tubtim’s “influences & favorites” include surrealism, animation, L.A. murals, and Thai paintings and traditional motifs.¹

Currently, Tubtim is a faculty member at Art Center College of Design; she was commissioned to participate in Pasadena District’s crosswalk art program. The program began in 2011 with crosswalk installations titled Moonwalk designed by local artist and designer Cynthia Luna.



(L to R): Ginko, Art Deco & Rose. All part of “Moonwalk” by Cynthia Luna


With Tubtim’s River Migration, art now covers fourteen crosswalks in the Pasadena Playhouse District.


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The design uses the movement of Steelhead Trout which are native to the Arroyo Seco’s local natural history over three crosswalk sites to echo the movement of people moving through the urban environment.

Tubtim’s work includes themes of community, nature and culture and is inspired by histories within places as well as the outcomes of social exchange. Having lived in diverse communities, she wonders how art can spark creative dialogue that gives an equal voice to all participants. She asks how art can make a presence in public space without intruding upon those who will experience it. (Official text)


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Enjoy Tubtim’s crosswalks at the corner of Walnut Street and Oakland Avenue, Union Street and Mentor Avenue, and Madison Avenue and Green Street.

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