How often do you use zebra crossing? Well not much, but what if the bi-colour essentials are turned into colourful work of art? Will you still shy away from it? The answer is probably no.
Trying to improve road safety, a Bulgarian artist Christo Guelov turned boring zebra crossings into amazing colourful mazes. The project titled “Funnycross” has been turning various crossroads in Madrid interesting. The artist on his website says, “The metaphor ‘A bridge between two shores’ is the starting point of this artistic intervention.”
“Funnycross uses zebra crossings to intervene in the urban landscape,” writes the artist. With geometric designs and attractive colours, Guelov hopes the creation “fights toward improving driver and pedestrian focus, by enhancing respect for zebra crossing using its visual impact.”
The innovative and responsible art project was funded by the Torrelodones Council in Madrid. Initially in April 2015 the artist transformed four zebra crossings near schools, named “Diagonals I and II”, “Waves”, “Interferences”, and “Carpet” these were excellent way to engage people. Seeing the project having positive impact, it was spread to another 13 points in the city. “Using simple geometrical designs and saturated colours reinforces the specific signaling and creates a touch of colour in our urban landscape,” Guelov adds in his post.
Apart from these creations, earlier this year there were petitions to paint zebra crossing in rainbow colours to support LGBT community in Manchester’s Gay Village to remember the area’s homosexual history. But rainbow-coloured crossways already exist in many parts of the world such as San Francisco, Sydney among others.
Here are some of his works
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