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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Icon on the street

I'm always intrigued by images painted on streets. We have a "breadcrumb trail" up and down both sides of the Astoria hill indicating the way to get to the Column at the top. This image on 7th Street is pointing to the right, because at the intersection with Niagara Avenue just ahead, you turn right to go on up the hill toward your destination.

What's really strange is that although I'd walked or driven to the Astoria Column many times, it took me forever to realize what these odd symbols were about. I suppose it looks like a column once you recognize it, but I kept wondering if there were some mysterious fortress I hadn't heard about. I hope the tourists are smarter than I was. Once you've been here long enough to recognize the images on the street, they are superfluous. However, I like looking at them and feeling proud that I know what they are :-D

9 comments:

cieldequimper said...

That's fun! Much better than what the Germans call a "sea of signs"!

How do you find your way in snow though?!

Jacob said...

Actually, that's rather creative, although for some reason I thought it looked like a clown figure and I couldn't figure that out!

Maybe it's meant to be funny. Or funky!

Have a great week, Sheryl!

Per Stromsjo said...

Good idea. Might not work here given the amount of snow at the moment but it'll soon melt again.

Brighid said...

I have recently learned (via one of the grandkids) that the blue refectors in the street mean there is a fire hydrant near. Now I know how to find a column, yes.

Lee Spangler said...

I always thought they made the town look provincial and I was embarrassed by them. I think it over advertises the monument.

Small City Scenes said...

I figured it out right away---so I gave myself a pat on the back. Ouch! MB

B SQUARED said...

They sure fooled me.

Stine in Ontario said...

It would have baffled me too! Now I need to pay attention to see if there are marks such as this on the streets here. I don't think so...but I could be wrong. :)

Vogon Poet said...

Not a bad idea, but I have never seen something like this.

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