The installation of the new pride progress flag crosswalks began this week. The work will take place over the course of four days. The new borders were installed yesterday, Monday, March 7, 2022 (day 1), and installment of the new colors began today and will continue through Thursday, March 10, 2022 (day 2,3,4).
The city’s asphalt repair contractor Hardy and Harper began work on the northern crosswalk this morning at roughly 9 a.m. and worked throughout most of the day until 4 p.m.. San Vicente Boulevard was closed off to one lane moving northbound and southbound (the previous rainbow crosswalks were installed overnight) at Santa Monica Boulevard.
Cold and windy weather delayed the work, which was scheduled to begin last month, on Tuesday, February 22, during its first phase. Phase two was supposed to begin March 1 and be completed by March 3.
WEHO TIMES was given a sneak peek of the finished design, which is an interpretation of the design that was proposed to the West Hollywood City Council.
The color application of the new pride progress flag crosswalks is utilizing the same Thermo-plastic technology that was used for the previous rainbow-colored crosswalks, which permanently places hues from the LGBT rainbow flag and ads more inclusive colors from the transgender flag as well as a black and brown stripe to symbolize the inclusion of people of color.
The newly decorated crosswalks will run along Santa Monica Boulevard at the San Vicente Boulevard intersection in front of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department. This intersection is considered the heart of one of the most iconic areas for the LGBT community. It will also serves as the entrance to this year’s inaugural WeHo Pride festival which will take place at West Hollywood Park.
The Pride Progress Flag was created by Portland artist Daniel Quasar. According to his interpretation, the new flag goes beyond the rainbow, adding the color white to represent lives lost to HIV and AIDS, pink and blue for the transgender community, and black and brown to represent LGBTQ people of color.