Don't look down now: Cyclists faced with huge 'hole' in the ground on towpath... luckily it's just pavement art...

This frightening image of crater-like hole in the middle of a towpath makes Britain's pot holes pale into insignificance.

Thankfully, it is just a three dimensional drawing of a canyon, all in the name of pavement art... and to make careless cyclists slow down.

The artwork was commissioned by British Waterways and has been installed along the Regent's Canal towpath in Islington, North London.

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Balancing act: A cyclist negotiates a plank which runs over a giant 'hole' along
Regent's Canal towpath in North London... but it's just a canvas painting

 

It came in response to reports of cyclists riding carelessly and endangering pedestrians.

But now it is hoped the hole, which is painted on a canvas and edged with chalk, will make riders slow down for fear of falling.

The work is by Joe Hill and Max Lowry, street artists who specialise in three-dimensional images.

 

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Don't look down: British Waterways commissioned the artwork in response to
cyclists riding carelessly. It is hoped the campaign will slow riders down

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On the plank: The design was done by Joe Hill and Max Lowry,
street artists who specialise in three-dimensional images

 

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The artists also painted Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling falling down a black
hole outside the Treasury before the Budget was announced in April.

 

They started working on street art together around five years ago and live in London, with Joe situated north of the River Thames in Camden and Max living on the south side in Clapham.

The pair also painted Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling falling down a black hole outside the Treasury before the Budget was announced in April.

British Waterways will keep the new painting to use in other areas.

Joseph Young, its towpath manager, told the London Evening Standard : 'The majority of cyclists share the space amicably.

'However, there are a handful who refuse to slow down. That's why we commissioned this art - we hope it will shock.'


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Date: 18 Jun 2009 | Author: mesmerX | Category: News, Pictures | Views: 14295

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Comments: 5

Guest
Absolutely great!

Guest
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Celibataire
hahaha...great idea and it looks so real!!! I guess a lot of people braked in the last moment then bursted into laughs

g-money
gang staaaaaaaa!

Johnny Thunders
Yeah, right. A drawing that looks 3d from one single location when you close one eye will make cyclists think that all of a sudden there's a warerfall in the road....

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