The Stencil Project was conceived by Citystreets' founder, Harris Silver in 1997 to draw attention to the issue of pedestrian safety in New York City. By painting full size police outlines of a human body at the locations where people were struck and killed we were able to reach millions of people who live, work, and play in New York City as well as pique the intesrest of the media and concerned citizens in other cities. New Yorkers had an immediate and emotional reponse to the stencils they saw. The fact that the paint was placed where there was once blood served as a memorial for the victims, and a reminder to those of us still using the streets to be a little more aware, and a lot more careful. The words KILLED BY AUTOMOBILE as well as the date and name of the victim (when available) accompanied the outlines. Currently there are people supporting and executing the Stencil Project in San Francisco, Vancouver, Atlanta, and Amsterdam as well as New York. In 1999 a stencil we put down to commemerate Henry Bliss, the first pedestrian fatality in America which happened to be in New York City was shown to millions of people by CNN.

The Stencil Project has been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles and on several broadcast media channels including: The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, New York Post, Adweek, Adbusters, NY1, CBS (Eye On People), CBS Atlanta, FoxNews Atlanta, and CNN.

More indepth documentation of the Stencil Project can be obtained by downloading the PDF.

If you're familiar with this project and would like to stencil in your city or if you know someone who you think would be interested in doing this please tell them about Citystreets. And also tell them that we will supply them with the stencil artwork and post the information about fatalities in your city on this website. Write to [email protected]