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Giumri, VII.2001; pict. M. Tailly

Roadsign sampling is not easy in Armenia.
Our man in the field explains:
... because of the highspeed driving and the fact that every instruction had to pass our interpreter. Our Armenian driver did not understand —in any case did not react to— the word Stop, and the local equivalent being extremely long I couldn't remember it. ...
I can only stress, once again, the need for a thorough preparation: learn your stop vocabulary.
Another challenge, apart from the language problems, is the overwhelming diversity in the designs. Still, we did manage to classify the finds into two main groups:
1) a group rather close to the design of countries of the former communist block Russia, Belarus, Lituania (first rows)
2) another group of more individual expressions of an artist (next rows).

The Aparan sign is probably a diplomat recently turned to a new job as roadworker. He still has the habit of probing the depth of the water.


Hoktemberian, VII.1998;
pict. M. Tailly

Dilidschan, VIII.2002;
pict. A. Anselin

Giumri, VII.2001;
pict. M. Tailly

Giumri, VII.2001;
pict. M. Tailly

Vanadzor, 14.VII.2014;
pict. J. Koelstra

12.X.2016;
pict. L. Parmentier

Sisian, VIII.2002;
pict. A. Anselin

Dilidschan, VIII.2002;
pict. A. Anselin

Giumri, VII.2001;
pict. M. Tailly

Vedi, VII.2001;
pict. M. Tailly

Goris 15.VIII.2010;
pict. M. Tailly

Giumri, VI.2003;
pict. M. Tailly

Goris -> Karabakh,
09.VII.2006; pict. M. Tailly

D'ger, 09.VII.2006;
pict. M. Tailly

Aparan, VIII.2002;
pict. A. Anselin

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