With 1 rainstorm, a playful crosswalk for children is nearly washed away

Artists complain that poor-quality paint was used in a well-intentioned project

A new crosswalk outside a Merida school is almost completely washed away in the first rain. Photo: La Jornada Maya
  • A new crosswalk outside a Merida school is almost completely washed away in the first rain. Photo: La Jornada Maya

Mérida, Yucatán — It didn’t take long for natural elements to fade a charming yellow-pencil-themed crosswalk that a crew painted outside a Centro elementary school.

Less than a week after the Ayuntamiento collaborated with art students in the painting of a creative pedestrian crossing, comprised of yellow No. 2 pencils, a single rainstorm has practically erased it.

The city was so proud of its efforts, it posted a professionally produced video of the crew painstakingly painting the crosswalk, at Calle 57 and Calle 50.

Students at the UADY Campus of Architecture, Habitat, Art and Design, who collaborated on the work, lamented the poor quality paint they had to use. They warned that if the the crosswalk disappears completely, it will pose a risk to pedestrians.

The city should have just left the original, standard crosswalk, they told La Jornada Maya.

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