Greenfield students turn traffic barriers into art for Riley Festival

(WTHR photo: Rich Nye)

GREENFIELD, Ind. (WTHR) – Concrete barriers used to block traffic and provide safety during the Riley Festival will now give people something else to enjoy at the event.

Greenfield Central High School students turned the barriers into artwork at the request of the Greenfield Police Department.

Greenfield Police Deputy Chief Matt Holland visited the high school Thursday afternoon to see the finished art.

Holland presented certificates of appreciation to the students who painted both sides of the barriers with a variety of themes.

Some barriers are painted just for fun, with references to “SpongeBob Squarepants” and “Finding Nemo."

Others celebrate Greenfield Central High School and native poet James Whitcomb Riley.

One barrier features rainbow colored hands holding each other.

The art students worked on the barriers outside in the parking lot for several weeks this semester.

The barriers will be moved downtown and used to block street access and provide a safety barrier for festival goers.

The festival runs October 3-6.