March, 1981: Kim Hardiman, an art student, discovers a section of the Stony Brook campus she’d like to modify as part of a project for her public art class. She applies to—and wins—a campus beautification grant to fund the project, and then promptly begins hand painting a 232’ stretch of walkway, patterning it with long, geometric stripes of black and white. When it’s finished, the campus celebrates the advent of a new, exotic tradition. The Zebra Path is born.
33 years later, after several re-paintings—first black and white, then red and white, now black and white again—the Zebra Path remains one of Stony Brook University’s most treasured landmarks. This post goes out to the not-quite-new but always improving Zebra Path, the same path that since 1981 has made walking around campus a little more colorful, and a lot more fun. Here’s to the Zebra Path: the only walkway that’s just as nice to look at as it is to walk on.