In Rome the traffic light which is red, yellow and green at the same time. “A contemporary work of art”

In Rome the traffic light which is red, yellow and green at the same time. “A contemporary work of art”
In Rome the traffic light which is red, yellow and green at the same time. “A contemporary work of art”

On the Gianicolense ring road, in Rome, there is a very special traffic light: for those who cross it on foot, it manages to be green, yellow and red at the same time. The strangeness was highlighted by a sign posted in recent days by an anonymous, who described the traffic light as a work of contemporary art: “This traffic light installation questions pedestrians on the perennial condition of balance between aesthetic contemplation of the landscape and vigilant attention the dangers and road rules. Through the asynchronous timing of the three traffic lights, the crossing is here made impossible and becomes a challenge for the spectator forced to choose whether to violate the rules or stop and reflect on the meanings of the work. (…) The invitation to act through an ironic booking button without any function completes the work ».

The anonymous signs posted in the streets have now become a means of communication, a way in which the people of Rome express their creativity, a meeting point between the pasquinades of past centuries and posts on Facebook. The message on the traffic light recalls, for example, the imaginative appeals that appeared in the same area to find non-existent lost animals such as Carlo the woodworm or Elvira the mole (but we have verified: the author is not the same). The sign on the Gianicolense has been very successful in the neighborhood, so much so that it has now disappeared: someone will have thought of taking it home.

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