Traffic Safety Artwork at the West Orange Public Library
Students creating concepts for the traffic safety artwork

Come experience the traffic safety mural at the West Orange Library. Enjoy its beauty and let it inspire you to evaluate, and perhaps improve, your habits as a driver.

In recognition of April as the Distracted Driver Awareness Month and May as the National Youth Traffic Safety Month, the Nikhil Badlani Foundation sponsored the creation of artwork to raises awareness to these issues.

The children of West Orange created the artwork under the stewardship of local artists, Cindy Klein and Kim Scheib. The artwork is a collage composed primarily of paint and tissue paper, with nine squares each depicting a scene illustrating a different traffic safety issue. The collage materials and mounting create a sense of depth and highlight the piece’s extraordinary texture.

Much more than a way to brighten up a wall inside the library, the artwork calls our attention to serious traffic safety issues. With humor and poignancy, the squares make us consider what could result from situations such as texting while driving, eating in the car, not wearing a seatbelt, transporting too many passengers, and more. Distracted driving is one of the most pressing issues of our time. It is the hope of the Nikhil Badlani Foundation that this artwork will raise awareness in the community and beyond, helping us to improve our habits and safety. If an image from the artwork stays in one driver’s mind as he or she makes a safer choice in the car, it will be a success.

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