October 17, 2002

Pedestrians at war

It's peak hour, and at either side of the road, the pedestrians wait in anticipation of the green light which lets them hold sway over the road, their soft squishy bodies legally safe from the vehicles.

Red. Red. Red. Red. GREEN!

And in a swarm they surge forwards, like warriors on either side of a battlefield. The hounds of war released at the blow of a horn, the arc of a flag, the flash of a light. And where they meet there is a swirling, an elaborate dance where each side tries to avoid the other, tries to thread its way to safety. To make contact is to risk injury, much as it would be in war.

The dance repeats its dip and sway in regular cycles. Organic movement constrained by the mechanical rules of the lights. An easy task when the numbers are but few, but a tense set of maneuvering and social mumblings of pleasantries when the throngs build up.

posted on October 17, 2002 at 05:30 PM by nicola.


i remember seeing, on one of those "funny foreign ads" tv shows, one from the UK which had two guys waiting to cross the lights, making revving noises. the green man appeared, they ran across, and the winner did the victory dance on the other side.

i think the ad's, uhm, "point" was that "isn't this silly ? so why do you do that in your cars, then ?"

posted on October 17, 2002 5:50 PM by cos.
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