5-7-5, keeping NYC streets alive

by allthingsace

John Morse only needs 17 syllables to notify bikers that cars stop in bike lanes and to let pedestrians know that they are hard to see at night.

The New York City Department of Transportation announced last week that they are collaborating with Morse to use haikus in conjunction with striking graphic images to set a new tone for street smarts all over the city.

In all, 12 graphic designs that feature a haiku will be placed in 144 locations around NYC, specifically those areas where there is high traffic such as around schools.
The verdict is out on how effective this strategy will be. However, I really like the idea of merging artists with the state and bridging the gaps between state systems, like traffic, and culture, like art!