Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Uh ... Street Art?

The painted lines are a mystery to me. 
They mark the outside limits of a sharp curve
at Twenty-sixth Street and Lynhurst Drive.
It looks as though five attempts were made 
before the painter got the arc correct.
The center lines are screwed up, too

And then someone else drove their vehicle
through just-painted stripes about a half-mile
further on.

Enclosed is a comment from a friend, Alison,
who sent me a photo taken last November by her husband, Siegmund.

"When white stripes are painted along the sides of a road 
to aid driver safety, one would think the highway department 
would want them to be visible and long-lasting.

To that end, one would think that the surface 
to be painted would be swept - cleaned to assure 
that the paint would be applied to a permanent surface.
Not so in Carmel [Indiana], where the expensive
white road markings were spread over gravel, dead weeds
and even the carcass of a dead raccoon which has
been decomposing for some weeks on 106th Street."

Photo by Siegmund Haider, 11/3/1011


dive said...

Hee hee. I have the image of a team of line painters racing each other around the curve, giggling like schoolboys.
Both of these would make great artworks, but especially the second one, with the faux brush strokes and the leaves. Brilliant.

Speedway said...

Hi, Dive, thanks for taking the time to visit me. I wondered how in hell these guys screwed up this job 4 times before they got it right. After all, it's not like the edge of the pavement wasn't there to guide them. And they screwed up the center, double-yellow lines, as well! Boys and their toys, I guess.