Pedestrian crossings are generally pretty boring. Sure they serve a vital function, but most of them are just unimaginative strips of white lines across gray stretches of tarmac. For Bulgarian artist Christo Guelov however, crossings aren’t boring at all. Well, not when he’s finished with them anyway.
The artist is turning crossings in Madrid into colorful pieces of art as part of his project called Funnycross. Using striking colors and geometric designs, Guelov breathes life into otherwise stale public installations. “Funnycross uses zebra crossings to intervene in the urban landscape,” writes the artist. “The metaphor “A bridge between two shores” is the starting point of this artistic intervention.” It’s not just about the aesthetics though – the artist also hopes that the boldly colored crossings will improve the awareness of both drivers and pedestrians.
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