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.

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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RJazz909 2 years ago

I feel like I've done this before....

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#2 Please Do Not Touch Sign

Please Do Not Touch Sign

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Vanessa 2 years 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 2 years 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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Superluminal1 2 years ago

... but I'm never on time.

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#5 Sign And Spinner

Sign And Spinner

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Rita Duncan 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

Now I really want to press 9

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#9 Stress Cube

Stress Cube

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Hans 2 years 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 2 years ago

the poor forgotten and abandoned objects...

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#11 Park Bench Plaque

Park Bench Plaque

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Hans 2 years ago

This probably really happened.

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#12 Caution

Caution

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Aprille Johnston-Park 2 years 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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RJazz909 2 years ago

But what if it proceeds to not work? Does that really mean I'm invisible and don't exist? Is my life a lie? AM I REALLY HERE?!?!? OH GOD WHY?!

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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 2 years 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 2 years ago

These look like they were photoshopped in

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#16 Symbol Guide

Symbol Guide

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Liliana V 2 years ago

Wonderful!

#17 Bored Games

Bored Games

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Pi... 2 years ago

I do no. 128 ALL.THE.TIME!! In fact, I'm doing it right now. :-/

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#18 Breathing Recalibration Station

Breathing Recalibration Station

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JEFF THE KILLER 2 years ago

how to breath for beginners XD

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#19 Anywhere

Anywhere

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#20 Classification Street Sign

Classification Street Sign

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Hannah Hollowell 2 years ago

This is kinda depressing!!!!

#21 Choose Your Emergency

Choose Your Emergency

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Hans 2 years ago

Where us the "bloody large emergency (omg)" button?

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#22 Text Placed On Discarded Furniture And Appliances

Text Placed On Discarded Furniture And Appliances

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Emily Fraser 1 year ago

😭 you gotta feel sorry for them!

#23 Pedestrian Self Hypnosis Station

Pedestrian Self Hypnosis Station

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JEFF THE KILLER 2 years ago

wow the most useful sign i have seen in my whole life....

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#24 How To Be Here Sign

How To Be Here Sign

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Charlotte Hukvari 2 years ago

So there is a Dr Who?

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#25 A History Of Pavement Cracks

A History Of Pavement Cracks

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#26 Departing

Departing

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Hans 2 years ago

Free at last!

#27 Daydream History Plaques

Daydream History Plaques

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Ava Harris 1 year ago

Wow... that's awesome. Where can I get one?

#28 Another Plaque For The Museum Of Everywhere

Another Plaque For The Museum Of Everywhere

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Jim Phoenix 2 years ago

The shoe signal for it is leaving town

#29 Solitude Rating Sign

Solitude Rating Sign

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Вера Деме 2 years ago

Useful!

#30 Trolley Sign

Trolley Sign

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#31 Park Sign

Park Sign

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Hannah Hollowell 2 years ago

This is the best:)

#32 Keep Out

Keep Out

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Marco Gallegos 2 years ago

I need this in my life!!

#33 Botanical Plaques For Weeds

Botanical Plaques For Weeds

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#34 Pavement Plaque

Pavement Plaque

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Vasy Nechay 2 years ago

My day of birth! :)

#35 Hand Washing Instructions

Hand Washing Instructions

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Madison Brown 2 years ago

Ah so that's how you wash your hands. Jk

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#36 House Of Cards

House Of Cards

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Hannah Hollowell 2 years ago

LOL

#37 Street Signage

Street Signage

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#38 Vicarious Yelling Station

Vicarious Yelling Station

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SuperTango 1 year ago

Who squinted to read the second pic?

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#39 Armchair Plaque

Armchair Plaque

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#40 Emergency Plaque

Emergency Plaque

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#41 How To Escape

How To Escape

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#42 Left Hanging

Left Hanging

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Emily Fraser 1 year ago

Bwahaha

#43 Stencil Shadows

Stencil Shadows

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Emily Fraser 1 year ago

Practical knowledge ... communities at work... education... ALL ON MY RADIO!

#44 Temporary Wet Weather Signage

Temporary Wet Weather Signage

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#45 Text Hung With Thread In A Local Park

Text Hung With Thread In A Local Park

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Keval Mehta 1 year ago

Did you feel as if it was moving?

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#46 Stop

Stop

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#47 Mirror Signs

Mirror Signs

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Emily Fraser 1 year ago

I want more