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Russian city gets avant-garde pedestrian crossings

16 November 2015

Pedestrian crossings made up of fragments of famous works of avant-garde art have appeared in a residential area in the Russian city of Khimki, located just northwest of Moscow.

Fragments of the work of Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich and Vasily Kandinsky feature on five pedestrian crossings in the “Gorod Naberezhniy” complex, chosen for their frequent use. Together with the zebra stripes, there are signs which provide information about the artwork and artist.

The press service for Urban Group, the developers behind the complex and the initiative, explained that the pedestrian crossings are not there solely for aesthetic purposes, but to increase awareness among road users. According to Urban Group, bright colours make motorists reduce speed, and help pedestrians not to cross the road at the wrong point.

Source: Afisha (in Russian)