3-D Crosswalk Has People Talking – and Stopping

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November 20, 2017

A 3-D crosswalk in Iceland has convinced motorists and pedestrians that they are seeing things.

3-D crosswalk IcelandIt's the brainchild of Ralf Trylla, the environmental commissioner in Ísafjörður, a town of about 2,600 in the Westfjords, in the northwest part of the country. The painted lines of the crosswalk appear to be floating above the ground.

The town council granted Trylla the necessary permits in short order, and the painting began. Since its appearance, the crosswalk has served as a curiosity for many and a deterrent to speeders. Just about everyone who has approached the crosswalk–which is on a one-way street in a residential part of town–has stopped, if only to appreciate the optical illusion.

The concept has had its latest iteration in Iceland but has also been seen in cities in China, Georgia, and India. Trylla said that seeing a 3-D crosswalk in New Delhi gave him the idea to install one in his town.

The town council said that it had plans to install more "floating" crosswalks.

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