Humorous Street Signs Challenge Conceptions Of Public Space

Humorous Street Signs Challenge Conceptions Of Public Space

Artist Michael Pederson brings levity to public areas with these cheeky signs

Cristina DiGiacomo
  • 24 january 2017

A miniature turnstile as an entrance to a drain pipe, a personal space request card, an enormous panic button, a daily gravity forecast, and a quiet rating system for parks are all examples of fun, smile-inducing signs by artist Michael Pederson. Found in public spaces around Sydney, the humorous street signs speak directly to the viewer creating the feeling of an inside joke between subject, context and message.

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They also look like legitimate street signs acting as a wink and a nod in turning the regular every day on its head.

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Pederson is known for these delightful routine breaking interventions. He is a master of blending these signs into the environment using existing spaces, benches, and natural elements. If you blink, you might miss them.

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Michael Pederson

A miniature turnstile as an entrance to a drain pipe, a personal space request card, an enormous panic button, a daily gravity forecast, and a quiet rating system for parks are all examples of fun, smile-inducing signs by artist Michael Pederson. Found in public spaces around Sydney, the humorous street signs speak directly to the viewer creating the feeling of an inside joke between subject, context and message.

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