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Falling Rock Signs in Belgium
|Belgium doesn't count much natural habitat where rock signs
can live. 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.
|All signs found in Dinant: 2008, 1997, 1995|
|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||Liège, 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).||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||Poulseur, II.2007; pict. B. Hoeyberghs||Poulseur, II.2007; pict. B. Hoeyberghs|
|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.||Chute de pierres or 'falling rocks'.|
|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.|
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|More road signs from Belgium: Men at work - Children's crossing|