September, 16th 2011 16:46:06 / by Katrin Scheikl
Waiting for a sign
After some months of road works, the crossroad in front of the Kunsthaus (Graz) got a new traffic light: Only a red one. Too strange …
People know what to do if they are waiting in front of a traffic light. They are waiting for the light to turn green. But: What if there is no green light? Only a red one? – Nobody dares to cross the street even if the red light is off.
Everyone crossing the street for the first time waits for a sign … for the light to turn green. (Me too btw…) The light turns red and all those folks waiting realize that they would have been allowed to cross the street. When the red light is off again, some brave folks carefully cross the street and others follow.
Does this reveal the overload of traffic signs in modern society that there is so much need for a green light?