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The Sound of Yellow

April 15, 2009



Some smartass synesthete stenciled several cycle signals surrounding Nollendorfplatz. No, actually just this one. The heart, star, and slime droplet threw me off at first, but I focused on the Helvetica bike and regained my bearings.

In Germany, the yellow light is used ahead of the green light to say, “you’re up!”. The red light—when it comes to walk/don’t walk–changes all of a sudden, without warning. A pedestrian’s only hope for survival rests in the revving engines of oncoming traffic: that is the sound of a yellow light.

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