Street art is a unique form of art as it is often an expression of someone’s opinion or reaction to ongoing events. It is also different from traditional painting because the environment has to be part of the art and the artwork cannot usually be transported from one gallery to another. 

Usually when we think of street art we imagine a wall or the ground as the canvas for expression. But French street artist Clet Abraham, who is based in Florence, Italy, chose to join his art with street signs and the results are quite interesting.

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Migration in Miami.
Migration is the story of humanity.

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Shanaaia
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8 months ago

Incredibly sweet!

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Clet Abraham studied art at the Fine Arts Academy in France. Before he moved to Florence and opened his studio, the artist restored antique furniture and was a carpenter. 

Now he is most known for his sticker art and more precisely, his art on street signs. He shares his wok on Instagram where he now has over 90k followers. Sometimes the revamped signs are just fun and creative pieces but most of them have a deeper meaning behind them and are often related to current events.

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EVOLUTION / INVOLUTION

It is strange, but looking at the three people of this image, the one that seems to me the least human of all it's the one in the middle.

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LAKSHIKA VERMA
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8 months ago

Woah! This one is really creative

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Only who takes himself too seriously may end up looking like a clown.

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earringnut
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8 months ago

I've said it before and I'll say it again: if you're not willing to laugh at yourself there are plenty of people willing to do it for you.

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Bored Panda reached out to Clet to find out why he was attracted to street signs and he explained that road signs are a simple way of communication and he likes the directness of them, “I don’t want an art for learned professors but instead for those who do not usually compare with culture.”

He continues, “Road signs are also the symbol of a constant presence of authority, we are in a democracy and I think we must have the opportunity to question the rules, to discuss them, with the ambition of being able to improve them. I mean, we’re not just here to obey.”

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We are looking for someone to control the controllers who control those who control the controllers who control the ....

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Sue Grigg
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8 months ago

What does the original sign mean? Not sure I've ever seen one like it in the U.S.

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It's curious, but since the bars reopened the street signs are different .......

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Panda Kicki
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8 months ago

This is so well executed!

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Musician counter current, by night.

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DC
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8 months ago

Rock'n'Roll!

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Love has no limits. No borders

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HooowlAtTheMoon
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8 months ago

I like this one

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When talking with Agata from Guide Me Florence, Clet explained that he is not against rules, but he is “against unjust impositions. Sometimes the rules aren’t just or justified.” Clet also says that even if he doesn't agree with some street signs or rules, he won;t go and destroy them but rather built something out of it. 

He told Bored Panda, “I claim the concept of improving road signs, people look much more at them in my work, creating empathy instead of rejection of authoritarian and obtuse character. I think there is an educational character in my work that could also be of use to road safety.”

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I CAN'T BREATHE

Once again, a human being has died under the weight of authority. "non mi uccise la morte ma due guardie bigotte, mi cercarono l'anima a forza di botte" (De André)

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Marco Conti
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8 months ago

I tried translating the lyrics, but they certainly do not cross over to English well. Besides losing the rhyming, it loses a lot of the undertext, but I'll give it a shot anyway "It wasn't death that killed me, but two bigoted cops, they found and removed my soul with their kicks and their fists". This is not literal at all, but it conveys the message better than a literal translation (which I don't think can exist and still make sense)

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As expected, the "strange animals" passed at the roundabout at La Carrière (Cap-Sizun, Brittany) and destroyed my character 2 days after it was edited.
I call it, "CAREER SYNDROME":

If to a directional arrow I add two arms that point in the same direction, objectively I reinforce its safety message.
So when a public service employee destroys this work, there is no longer any consideration of public safety but only respect for orders.
So there is no longer a real public service but above all a service to one's own quarry.
And this with the taxpayer's money.

I would like to work for a better world and demonstrate through my work that claiming absolute respect for standards is the first obstacle to improving them ..... and therefore the first obstacle against a better world.

Democracy is not going to vote, it is on the other hand the freedom to criticize and to express this criticism, at all levels of society.
Particularly for civil servants, the duty of reserve and obedience to orders is a formidable obstacle to the improvement of society.

And I am amazed at the acceptance of this fact by society itself.

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Mihai Mara
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8 months ago

Road signs should not be vandalized.

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Today is the end of the lockdown in France, I don't know about you but personally I have the feeling of coming out of a very very deep hole.

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But even if he doesn’t destroy the signs and sees his activity as art, not everyone accepts that. The authorities often consider the stickers on the signs as vandalism. The artist says that it actually depends on the country and on the city, sometimes the stickers can be removed the day after and in some places they stay for years and years. 

Clet told Huck, “Where the authority or the power has some auto-criticism, my work remains, if not it disappears. The most violent and close-minded reaction came from Japan. In Europe I had some trouble in Brest (France) and Pistoia (Italy).”

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I believe the cat because it is the living proof that hierarchy is not indispensable to a happy coexistence.

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Kim Toy
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8 months ago

Cats establish hierarchies within their group...so I'm confuzzled.

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Squali (Sharks)

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DAVID
After 10 years in Florence, I thought it's time to pay homage to the Florentines who support me.

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When you look through the photos on Clet’s Instagram, you quickly realise that he really likes the access denied street sign. The imagination never seems to lack new ways of seeing it.

We asked how the artist keeps coming up with new ideas when there is a limited amount of street signs. And we found out that it is the thing that inspires him, “I think that it is the limits that stimulate me, I do not tolerate the imposition a priori and seeing it generates in me the energy to seek an alternative. Our modern society is increasingly full of rules, I would rather encourage the sense of responsibility of each one.”

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Is mister vaccine opening the door?

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Serial pacifist
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8 months ago

This can actually confuse people into thinking it's just art, and not a genuine sign.

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I love bicycle.....

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Mihai Mara
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8 months ago

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Vandalising road signs and creating safety hazards, that's what he's doing.

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What are your thoughts on this kind of art and what do you think of the message that the artist Clet Abraham tries to send? Have you ever seen these signs in real life and what was your reaction? Tell us all about it in the comments and upvote the signs that you thought were the most creative!

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Sunrise or Sunset?
Behind the cold rigidity of the authoritarian and conservative spirit, warm humanity, in its tolerance shines for all of us.

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ARRÊT à Montréal, Québec. L’ART est une affaire d’équipe, comme l’amour. STOP in Montreal, Québec. ART is a crew story, like love.

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Dem Dan
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8 months ago

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Great. Vandalism and covering up a stop sign. What a d**k

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Mai 68 Mai 2018. LIBERTÉ, OU ES TU ? Bordeaux (May 68 May 2018. FREEDOM, WHERE ARE YOU? Bordeaux. ).

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Peaceful sign In the sky.

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ohjojo
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4 months ago

Love this one. Very clever

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Today, working on the street in Oslo, someone asked me:
-Is it legal what you're doing?
-This is not the good question I said, but rather: is it good or bad what you are doing?
Then he told me: -okay, but what does this design mean?
- it means that it should be forbidden to die in the Mediterranean sea just because you try to escape poverty or war.
I agree he says, but as long as there is misery and oppression somewhere in the world there will be those who try to escape, and we are all responsible even if this poverty seems far away.
Welcome to Oslo!

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How to put a dragon in the street of Kaohsiung, Taïwan?
Just ask to the traffic engineering and the great staff of Pier2 Art Center.....

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The law of the strongest.

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MorgothBauglir
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8 months ago

Tyranny comes in many shapes, forms, and sizes.

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Hey guys, courage, you just have 39678754 pieces left to stick!!!

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Dem Dan
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8 months ago

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What an asshole. Creating a safety hazard

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It's vacation time!

I would love so much that all the authority obsessed, the psycho-rigid, the law-obtuse and the maniac of order would take a lot of time to rest well and why not, to do some gardening.
Perhaps contact with the beauty and bounty of nature could awaken in them more love and empathy for the others ...

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8 months ago

Now here the real meaning of the sign is quite hidden. I admire the art, but...

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Hi! In San Francisco there’s only ONE WAY

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Shona
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8 months ago

Cup-A-Joe!

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True gaming enthusiasts prefer to lose, like that the desire and pleasure to play is always there.

In fact, my condemnation by Italian justice to pay more than 10000 euros for sculpture of the "common man" is very stimulating.
I've had some interesting ideas about it and after summer I'll talk to you, the common man never dies!

This photo was taken last April in the beautiful city of Hamburg (you have certainly recognized it) where the allocation of car parks to citizens goes by playing at Rock, Paper, Scissors.

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If the world is a beautiful red apple, then the prohibition is the worm?

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Kim Toy
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8 months ago

We are the worm

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Hey! Today it's really hot around here, did anyone forget to turn off the heat?

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World Day Against Death Penalty...... Kill someone to teach others not to kill !! But is it possible to be more cruel and stupid than that? The death penalty, in fact, has never prevented crime but rather serves to terrorize people in order to better subdue them. 
 
In 1786 the Grand Duke of Tuscany abolished the death penalty for the first time in history. And it is precisely for this humanistic culture that I am pleased to have my studio in Florence, more than for its old stones.

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