You Just Can’t Miss these Crosswalks in Madrid
Crosswalks have been the same black and white mix of stripes for as long as we can remember. Although they are a great safety feature on our roads, there’s something so familiar and boring about them now that they are barely noticeable to us anymore, even though most of us use them almost every day.
Well leave it up to the Spaniards to spice things up! Madrid has revamped the avatar of crosswalks by using bold colors and interesting patterns instead of painting the roads with the same old black and white. We really pray that the rest of the world will not only take notice, but follow suit as well.
As part of his ‘Funnycross’ outdoor installation series, artist Christo Guelov saw the crosswalks of Madrid as a canvas that needed colors, patterns to breathe life in them. When he was done, the crosswalks not only looked bright, inviting and refreshing, but thanks to a bump up to their visual quotient, also offered more safety to pedestrians crossing the roads.
The project was sponsored by the Torrelodones Council of Madrid and has truly transformed several streets in the city, not only making pedestrians feel safer, but also adding more color to everyone’s day.
Here are some of the crosswalks that have received the Christo Guelov touch of magic until now.
“The metaphor “A bridge between two shores” is the starting point of this artistic intervention. Using simple geometrical designs and saturated colors reinforces the specific signaling and creates a touch of color in our urban landscape,” is how Guelov’s website describes this interesting project.
There’s a lot more that Guelov does as part of his artwork in addition to livening up crosswalks, and you can check out more of his projects on his website.