Men at Work signs found in Latvia
Riga, 19.vii.2004; pict. H. De Meyer
The Latvian worker keeps a distance from his
colleagues in the other Baltic states.
Latvia is probably trying to show us that it has become a proper country after the collapse of the Sovjet Empire.
There aren't that many possibilities, though,
for variation in an icon–like man without any gear except for his spade.
The designer therefore had to play with the shape of the heap as the only means
to express some identity.
05.vi.2019; pict. L. Parmentier
The later find of this design raises doubts about Latvia still being able to stand on its own legs.
It is a sign of the Russian group which is very widespread in countries of the former Sovjet Block — see
Would you believe that the shape of the heap is enough
to distinguish between most countries ?
Try it. It's easier than you think.
From time to time artists are inspired by roadsigns (e.g. Switzerland).
Also here in Latvia. At the railway station in Riga: art with a Big 'R'.