Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Small Bizarres No. 1 - The Tree in the Middle...


This is the first submission of the Small Bizarres posts. Their aim is to document various, usually small but strange, features found in and about various local as well as more distant settings. These posts are in part related to the Extraordinary Ordinary posts. But whereas they usually focus on easily hidden or overlooked beauty in ordinary things or events, these posts main purpose is to point out various subtly surreal or bizarre - 'second glance' - affairs.
In this post we find a tree in the middle of a road, which hence makes vehicular access quite impossible. The adjacent traffic signs somewhat wishful message suggesting such access, and the carefully laid and newly painted bee-striped curb surrounding the tree, only manage to amplify the benign absurdity of the situation...
The picture was taken looking towards the gap between the newly erected buildings 5A and 5B at the University of Nizwa in Oman...

2 comments:

ghadah alkandari said...

well, it all makes sense once you remove the arrow sign and 'no parking' stripes! they look almost decorative.

what i find strange is the parking spaces on either side of the tree. they seems to be blocked by a sidewalk like structure. it's quite a crazy little roundabout really. it's designed for tiny, flying cars!

orstro

Thomas said...

Hi Ghadah,

I think the side spaces are actually supposed to be sidewalks - but they just haven't really been thought through...

But, as you suggested, maybe I've been thinking about this the wrong way around..?! Instead of designing streets for generic cars, maybe we should be designing (custom) cars to respond to the idiosyncrasies of a street - go figure..?!

Tom