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Falling Rock Signs in the Republic of Cyprus

Pissouri (Southern Cyprus), IV.2004; pict. C. Veillon

Falling Rock Signs on Cyprus show a wide variety of designs with the number of rocks ranging from three to 21 —see our Rock statistics.

The diversity is stunning and none of the signs resem­bles any roadsign from either Greece or Turkey. Addi­tional finds could contradict this, but it's improba­ble given the thoroughness of our sampling.

The buying-clerk at the Ministry of Roadsigns betrays preference to neither side and his skimming the line between local make and copy from abroad is impres­sive. He is a real diplomat.

Cyprus, IX.2007; pict. M. De Dier Iceland Greece
Our clerk took a design from Greece but can safely state that it's from Iceland. He noticed the drift of the stones in the northern gale and localised the design by shifting the rocks to a more natural position. Yes, some civil servants are smart.

Pissouri, III.2005;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs
Great Britain
Skoulli, III.2005;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs
Kantou, III.2005;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs

And here is another example of obscured plagiarism. It looks like nice local breed, but the size and position of the boulders is copied from Great Britain.
Falling Rock Signs as a rule carry no objects but rocks. The Troödos drawing with a tree is one of the few excep­tions (in the Faeroe Islands a man comes down).

Troödos, IV.2008;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs
Troödos, IV.2008;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs
Kantou, III.2005;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs
Lemithou, III.2005;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs

The same constellation of stones is used again and again, sometimes mirrored (Pissouri, Skoulli, Troödos)

Caledonian Falls, III.2005;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs
Pissouri, III.2005;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs
Caledonian Falls, III.2005;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs
Kouris Dam, III.2005;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs

Epoiskopi, 15.VI.2014;
pict. J. Koelstra
Kalopaganagiotis, 07.IV.2012;
pict. G. De Knijf
Epoiskopi, 15.VI.2014;
pict. J. Koelstra

 
Signs of imminent disaster (for us roadsign buffs) are here. First a sign with stones having unnatural sharp corners and then a sign with only hexagonal stones (21 of them). Stones of this shape are common in regions under the influence of Italy (e.g. Italy, Sicily).


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Roadsigns from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus: Children's Crossing Signs