[Image Source: India Times]
Have you ever stopped to think about the efficacy of the standard white-striped painted crosswalk? Do all crosswalks need to be the same? Who decided to compose them of boring white stripes in 1951, anyway? The classic crosswalk doesn’t seem to be preventing car accidents in India, so two artists decided to do something about it. The team is comprised of mother, Saumya Pandya Thakkar and daughter Shakuntala Pandyaand, both of whom are artists.
They painted a sneaky 3D roadblock illusion crosswalk on a highway in the Indian city of Ahmedabadas. The front of the 3D shapes are painted yellow with the depths represented by white dimensional lines. The artwork appears to jut out of the street when far away, but the illusion begins to fade when it is approached. For this reason, the artists say motorists won’t be slamming on their brakes as they approach it. The crosswalk’s purpose is to create enough of a distraction to make drivers slow down, but not be convincing enough to make them think it’s a real object.