Michael Pederson's quirky street art is so subtle that it's easy to walk past it without even knowing it's there. But that's the beauty of his work.


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The Sydney-based creative encourages people to take a closer look at their streets and neighborhoods, because as you can see, their seemingly familiar surroundings might just be hiding a funny and unexpected surprise. From amusing signs that "curate the mundane" to interactive public installations, Pederson's urban antics are sure to draw smiles from anybody perceptive enough to notice them. “I think we travel through urban space without really seeing it most of the time,” Pederson told CityLab. “I like the idea of interfering with the overly familiar background blur … Ideally with something a passerby might see out of the corner of an eye.”

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#1 Near Misses

Near Misses

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Sergi M. 3 weeks ago

i love it

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#2 Please Do Not Touch Sign

Please Do Not Touch Sign

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Vanessa 3 weeks ago

Now I want to touch it, THANKS

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#3 Personal Space Preferences

Personal Space Preferences

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Liliana V 3 weeks ago

I just spent so log reading the card sideways with my head tilted, then i realized it showed it straight.... that's five minutes I'll never get back...

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#4 Please Wait Here Sign

Please Wait Here Sign

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the_end_is_nigh 3 weeks ago

My future self will be displeased. I'm staying in bed that day.

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#5 Sign And Spinner

Sign And Spinner

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Rita Duncan 3 weeks ago

I liked #4 the best. I always love to explore streets I haven't been down before

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#6 Paper Leaf

Paper Leaf

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chocolander 3 weeks ago

just leaf me alone...

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#7 Minor Hazards

Minor Hazards

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#8 Converted Pay Phone

Converted Pay Phone

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Maggie Winter 3 weeks ago

Now I really want to press 9

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#9 Stress Cube

Stress Cube

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Hans 3 weeks ago

A misantropist would have filled this with concrete. Or an evil orthopaedic probably...

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#10 Text Attached To Various Dumped Items

Text Attached To Various Dumped Items

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chocolander 3 weeks ago

the poor forgotten and abandoned objects...

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#11 Park Bench Plaque

Park Bench Plaque

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Hans 3 weeks ago

This probably really happened.

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#12 Caution

Caution

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Aprille Johnston-Park 3 weeks ago

And the overwhelming sense that the abyss is staring back

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#13 Automatic Door Sign

Automatic Door Sign

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Sergi M. 3 weeks ago

the knowledge that i exist usually helps, if available...

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#14 How To Hide In Public Brochure Stand

How To Hide In Public Brochure Stand

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over opinionated 3 weeks ago

Where can I get this? That's literally the most useful pamphlet I have ever seen.

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#15 Escape Routes

Escape Routes

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AcousticGString 3 weeks ago

These look like they were photoshopped in

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