Monday, November 15, 2010

Reading the Signs at Nihilism Bridge

This one bridge near my house seems to be a natural focal point for cool happenings and spray painted messages. I have always liked it, even before the random bridge music. Next, I was sent on a philosophical journey that resulted in me calling it "nihilism bridge" these days. Way back then in early summer, the bridge was being re-built. It has been closed all Summer and may be closed still; I haven't been by lately. At the time I took these photos, it was quite literally shrouded in mystery...

In the near environs of the bridge, spray paint was again at work. First, another message asking me to do stuff:

Unlike "try nihilism", I didn't know how to follow this particular instruction. Since it seemed to involve leaving leaving your shirt behind, I chose not to try too hard to figure it out. I turned my attention to the bridge. That shroud was driving me crazy. What were they doing under there? I wanted to take a closer look, but I found two messages discouraging me from doing so.

Studying these two messages taught me something important. Vertical, hand spray-painted warnings are way more scary than horizontal, prefabricated ones. That's because each type of sign suggests a certain kind of author. The store-bought sign stinks of somebody from Head Office who is mostly concerned about liability and such. If they caught you on the work site, it would probably go down something like this:

If that's the worst that would happen, I just might trespass and take a little look around.

The hand done, vertical sign brings forth images of an entirely different sort. I mean, if I had hopped the fence with the author of "keep out" around, I imagine something like this would have been more likely:

With that image in my head, I decided to just carry on home and stop being so nosey. As I left that neighbourhood, I saw the symbol below painted on the sidewalk. The arrow was pointing into the street. If somebody could tell me what it means, I would appreciate it.

Anyway, that's it for today I guess. Remember, if you want to scare people off with a sign sometime, make the effort to spray-paint it yourself. It works better.

Yer Pal,



Oldfool said...

Misspelling the warning sigh reinforces the impact.

Kokorozashi said...

Wow. Yeah. That sign spray-painted on the pavement is mystifying.

Though, if you rotate it so the little arrow is on the bottom, it kind of resembles a consternated dandelion.

In fact, I think it is quite clearly a consternated dandelion, albeit an imaginary one.

It seems very possible, in fact, that the dandelion in question is trying nihilism.

I love how randomly mysterious life is.

RANTWICK said...

Oldfool - Hm, nice touch.

Koko - Um, yeah, clearly!

Marrock said...

That symbol you found on the sidewalk is usually used to denote where things like sewer, gas, electric, phone, and cable lines are underground.

I don't know about where you are but around here they're usually color coded, we see them in every color from blue to pink to yellow to green.

That one you found probably means there's a sewer line about a foot from where the mark is.

RANTWICK said...

Marrock - Yeah, I figured it was a "locate" marking of some kind, but I had never seen the symbol before.

You say it is for sewer? Thanks, man.

Anonymous said...

Isn't that guy with a gun one of your followers?? Seriously though, you made a good point - vertical signs and ... especially (there's that word again) spray painted signs, have more impact.

Big Oak said...

I don't know what a nihilist is supposed to look like, but that guy with the shotgun is pretty convincing. You were right to get the heck away from there.

That last sign looks like a "minus" sign, like in math. Like, if you dig there, you might be minus something. Better not dig there.

John Romeo Alpha said...

To me the pavement marking looks like the top of a screw. An indication to cyclists of what lies ahead that way?

Marrock said...

I'm just guessing, it could mean anything is buried there.

We usually see that sort of thing around here just before they tear the roads up.

Apertome said...

It's a "Dan Henry." You were supposed to go that way.

cafiend said...

No, it's a negative pregnancy test.

RANTWICK said...

You people are just all kinds of helpful.

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