My design introduces a folkloric motif from Central European embroidery patterns in a context where the imagery reaches a larger audience. Moving the patterns from the private, domestic realm into public space changes not only the scale of the images, but amplifies their meaning in a culturally diverse forum. One passer-by commented that the little abstracted bird was similar to a design on a Mayan stamp, while others said that it looked like a chicken.

While the specific patterns are Central European in origin, the practice of cross-stitch embroidery is known internationally. Even more globally valid is the interpretation of floral and other nature motifs for domestic d├ęcor. My grandmother's embroidered wall hangings all contained floral patterns with text that proclaimed the virtues of good housekeeping. I recreate the patterns I learned from my grandmother, at the same time as I stitch together a change of course for tradition. The placement of the pattern on a signal box connects urban communities to the origin of designs in nature, a creative human journey that bears value for people of many diverse cultures.