Italian flag-coloured crosswalks painted on Commercial Drive intersections (PHOTOS)

May 27 2019, 6:37 pm

New green, white, and red colours on the roadway are demarcating Commercial Drive’s unique identity as Vancouver’s Little Italy district.

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Four intersections along the main retail strip of Commercial Drive are seeing the installation of new crosswalks, with each intersection’s entire quadrangle receiving the colours of the Italian flag.

But the design is not a literal representation of the Italian flag — not akin to the LGBTQ rainbow flag crosswalks — as they are instead mosaic of fragmented triangular shapes with the trio of colours.

Italian flag Little Italy Vancouver crosswalk

Italian flag-coloured crosswalks on Commercial Drive to celebrate Vancouver’s Little Italy district. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Commercial Drive intersections

Italian flag-coloured crosswalks on Commercial Drive to celebrate Vancouver’s Little Italy district. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

The first permanent crosswalks at the prominent intersection of Commercial Drive and East 1st Avenue are already complete, and work is quickly progressing on the remaining crosswalks ahead of Italian Day festivities on June 9.

Fortis BC is funding the full cost of the installation, and partnered with the Commercial Drive Business Society.

The public art treatment was first announced in September 2018, shortly after the natural gas utility completed extensive, disruptive work on upgrading and expanding its ageing gas line under East 1st Avenue.

Italian flag Little Italy Vancouver crosswalk

Italian flag-coloured crosswalks on Commercial Drive to celebrate Vancouver’s Little Italy district. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Italian flag Little Italy Vancouver crosswalk

Italian flag-coloured crosswalks on Commercial Drive to celebrate Vancouver’s Little Italy district. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Italian flag Little Italy Vancouver crosswalk

Italian flag-coloured crosswalks on Commercial Drive to celebrate Vancouver’s Little Italy district. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Italian flag Little Italy Vancouver crosswalk

Italian flag-coloured crosswalks on Commercial Drive to celebrate Vancouver’s Little Italy district. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

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