By Willis Jacobson, Lompoc Record,  Aug 21, 2015 Downtown Lompoc got a little more animated Friday afternoon with the installation of some long-awaited street art. Nearly three months after the winning art submissions were selected for the Creative Crossings contest, workers painted the designs into the crosswalks at South H Street and Cypress Avenue on Friday. The final product was unveiled during Friday evening’s final Olde Town Market event of the summer. “It just warms my heart to think about how amazing this is for the artists who were selected,” said Lompoc Recreation Manager JoAnne Plummer, who jump-started the project. “And then also for the whole community — we’re the only (city) between the Hollywood/Pasadena areas up to San Francisco that’s doing something like this. We’re first and we’re making history.” The four legs of the crosswalks at the downtown intersection now contain artwork with themes that include: wine glasses and grapes, art tools, historic Native American symbols, and the golden poppy, which is California’s state flower. The designs, which only use yellow and white, were created by Marlee Bedford, who had two of the winning selections, Dionne Lugue and Devyn Adams. Each artist received $500 for their winning submission, with Bedford bringing in two $500 awards. The idea for the project in Lompoc came from Plummer, who had read about other communities using art in crosswalks. She ended up taking the proposal to Ashley Costa, the executive director of the Healthy Lompoc Coalition. Costa was able to bring other community partners on board and the group secured a $30,000 grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation to fund the project, which was managed by Healthy Lompoc Coalition, the city of Lompoc, the Lompoc Valley Arts Council, and the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. A call for artists was made in March and the winning designs were selected in May. The stencils for the designs were created by the Lompoc business New Lows. The designs were painted in the crosswalks over a roughly four-hour span Friday afternoon that was followed by a ribbon-cutting. Costa said she is hopeful the program will extend to more crosswalks in the city. Among the future locations could be the intersections at I Street and Walnut Avenue, as well as at O Street and Cypress Avenue, near Ryon Park. “We thought that would be great for all the festivals and events that take place on that side of town,” Costa said of latter location. “We’ve also talked about the possibility of business sponsorships,” she added, noting other intersections on the north side of town. “We’re hoping this is one of money.” Plummer also expressed enthusiasm about growing the program. “Everyone says there’s nothing to do in Lompoc and Lompoc doesn’t deserve this or that and (things) should be in other cities,” she said. “Well, Lompoc does deserve things like this and to be on the map for different things. Whether it’s our Aquatic Center or crosswalks that are fun and creative, Lompoc deserves it. Why not?”