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Men at Work in China
Take the panel of Beijing. The heap is very high in proportion to the size of the worker (similar to Mali). The earth must be a bit humid otherwise the heap could never exist in this shape. The worker is probably new to the job and someone should tell him to rotate the blade of his spade under a more useful angle. (Read also Bartolomeo's Best Practices)
If the sign is directed towards workmen telling them not to dig into a cable under the surface then the drawing should be like the one where we removed the man. The recipient of the message shouldn't be in the picture. And the spade should hit the wire.
|The design from Hanghzou reminds me of similar drawings at several European places. However a shaft giving way under the load isn't seen that often. We have examples from Austria and Svalbard where we could blame the industrious worker or the inclement weather, but I think that in this case we should point to the inferior quality of the tool.|
|Hanghzou, 20.VII.2005; pict. E. Van Den Bergh|
|N. Heerink wrote me:
Because of the Olympics construction work is going on at so many places
all over Beijing (3 metro lines at the same time) that
the modern men-at-work signs are running out. They have to
fall back to the old handicraft stock.
Finally some news from China that's not depressing. Certainly for collectors.Two really nice finds. Enjoy.
The text says: Construction ahead - cars should take another route
|Beijing, 5.IX.2006; pict. N. Heerink|