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Falling Rock Signs from Belgium

All signs found in Dinant: 2008, 1997, 1995
Belgium doesn't count much natural habitat where rock signs can live and I therefore didn't expect many finds. But team members (thoroughbreds as they are) were able to bring an impressive collection back home.

Road-signs often unwillingly expose something about the inner workings of a country. The rock-sign department should have told the bus-stop people about the risk of pebbles landing on people's heads. The bus-stop reveals that both departments work isolated without any exchange of information, or at least without listening to each other.

For lack of the natural habitat the Belgian warning signs for Falling Rocks seem to survive in a more urban environ­ment. Several finds in fact were ticked near high buildings or construction sites. (e.g. Brussels, Oostduinkerke, Liège). It happens in Portugal as well.
Signs from Belgium often carry a rather high number of stones. Although the Philippines are unbeatable (with 45 stones!), Belgium is a good runner-up, together with Ecuador, Chile and Argentina. But Belgium is also present at the other end of the scale with a sign with only two boulders! (See Rock statistics)

Dinant, X.2008; pict. J. Torfs
Dinant, XII.1997; pict. P. Meire
Dinant, 1995; pict. G. Coghe

Oostduinkerke, 1995

Belgian Falling Rocks show a wide variety in the number of boulders, in their shape and in the general configuration. Though they try to look like a menace, this often fails because of the unrealistic composition: the rocks often don't look natural and they are falling too far away from the wall (also seen in Iceland).

Liège, 1995

Rock signs featuring less than three boulders really are rareties. It took us 9 years to find a second Falling Rock sign with two boulders and another 3 for the next one (see Jordan and Great Britain).

Although the U.S. of A. has a textual warning sign saying Falling Rock a graphic design with one rock only is currently not known.

Brussels, X.2002; pict. H. De Meyer

A German sign in the heart of the country! Let's hope it doesn't spread. As Belgium already has a road worker from the Netherlands, we should only wait for a French children's sign and then parcel out the goods.

Poulseur, II.2007; pict. B. Hoeyberghs

Chute de pierres or 'falling rocks'.

Poulseur, II.2007; pict. B. Hoeyberghs

Amay, XI.1997; pict. A. Guët
Ardennes, 1995; pict. G. Coghe

Eben-Emael, 4.VI.2011; pict. H. De Meyer
Loyers sur Meuse, XI.1997; pict. A. Guët

Surprisingly often Falling Rock Signs are mounted in a wrong way. It never happens to Children's crossings or Men at Work.
We have similar examples from several other countries like South-Africa, Iran and Armenia (where we try to understand the challenges faced by the road worker who is supplied with the wrong sign).

Xhoffraix, 08.II.2020; pict. O. Dochy

Xhoffraix, 08.II.2020; pict. O. Dochy
Xhoffraix, 08.II.2020; pict. O. Dochy
In 2002 a German sign with 5 boulders was reported from Brussels. Now we have a German sign with 4 boulders and only a few steps away a 2nd immigrant. From the UK this time.
Are the British trying to dump their stock before brexit makes it impossible? Are the six (out of the 7 possible!) govern­ments of Belgium so engrossed in squabbling with each other that they loose sight of their impressive heritage in roadsigns?

We have seen it many times: roadsigns signal undercurrents in society. Time is running out for Belgium. The signs are there. Belgium will be absorbed by the same neighbours who in past times organised the kingdom.

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More road signs from Belgium: Men at work - Children's Crossing signs