The photo was taken a few years ago during a vacation in Florence (Italy) and is the first thing that comes to my mind for this week’s photo challenge! This “No Entry” sign has left a lasting impression on me.
I thought the silhouette of a man carrying away the white bar was a very clever idea. I couldn’t believe my eyes at first and I was wondering whether it was an official Italian traffic sign or just a prank or some kind of graffiti? Florence is a city of art anyway, and I wasn’t too surprised by such artful sense of humor.
I composed the photo to include the nearby statue so as to illustrate the contrasting styles of art … Modern versus Renaissance.
Several weeks after that trip, I casually did a Google search and was pleasantly amused that there are actually many more of such signs throughout Florence! They are the creations of Clet Abraham, a French artist.
Street art, or guerilla art, needs to be reinvented in dialogue with the Renaissance city.
You can see his other interesting street signs, or street art signs, in the following video. Enjoy!