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Falling Rock Signs in Portugal
|Sesimbra, IV.1999; pict. A. Guët||Lisboa, 1997; pict. A. Guët|
|Let's start with some panels made by an artist knowing how to put a personal touch.
This is exactly the kind of sign I had in mind when
I wrote that Roadsigns can bring you the happiest
hours in your life. (see Suggestions)
Take a look at the boulder on the ground. This one is ready for the impact of his fellows and has metamorphosed to form a cushion. Or is it a medusa preparing to gobble down a juicy bit? —only Spain (sign found in Pont de Suert) features a similar deformation. Wait, is that a pipe-bowl? An aristocrat's bust?
The other roadsigns brought back from Portugal aren't exactly inspiring. The constellation of Portinho d'Arrabida (two triplets) is not convincing and the bottom trio is a shameless mirror of the Sagres triplet which was copied from Germany. The trend is undeniable. Portugal is under strong foreign influence.
|Lisboa, 1997; pict. A. Guët||Lisboa, 1997; pict. A. Guët|
|Portinho d'Arrabida, 10.VIII.2011; pict. A. Guët|
|Lisboa, 1997; pict. A. Guët||Traffic sign in politics? It happens in Lisboa.
This sign is placed near an old house.
A. Guët wrote me:
'There is a local movement to save the building, and posters to criticize the town hall people who think they protect citizens by putting a sign like this.'From a collector's viewpoint it's much better to place a warning sign, than to tackle the problem. Sorry for the people, but in this case I am on the side of the politicians. They are often at their best when doing nothing.
|Lisboa, 2003; pict. Coghe & Coghe||Iceland||Lisboa, 2003; pict. Coghe & Coghe|
|The rocks are like carried away by a strong air current: an occurrence also reported from Iceland. We have a twin sign from that country: number and shape of the boulders, even the face of the cliff is identical.||A most interesting sign with stones jumping like mountain goats.|
|Portagem, IV.2005; pict. B. Hoeyberghs||Spain||Sagres, 13.III.2010; pict. N. Breine|
|And another roadsign probably influenced by another country. Notice the similarities with a sign found in Spain (Plan, 1995).||The background of this warning sign is a lifelike reproduction of the German four-boulder sign.|
|Serra da Estrela (1991)||Peneda Gerês (1991)||Foz do Arelho (1997)|