1000 Extra Ordinary Signs
Road signs are everywhere, telling you what you’re supposed to do
(even if you ignore half of them). For the last three years COLORS Magazine has
been collecting photographs of road signs from photographers all over the
world. And now they’ve selected their favourite thousand for the book, COLORS
1000 Signs, which will be published in the spring by Taschen.
Over 90 countries are featured in the book and as usual with projects from COLORS the photographs, while beautiful, aren’t just there to look at – they’re a way of seeing how
the world works, a way of showing how tiny moments can hold larger cultural
and social significance. The texts in the book explore these moments of difference.
You’ll find out how much tar is used every day in the States to build roads,
why the STOP (or ARRET in Quebec and KOF in Morocco) is the only octagonal
sign, and you’ll get to meet people from around the globe for whom signs (and
the road) are a vital part of their daily lives. Meet Dusit Somsak who directs traffic
(while dancing) in Bangkok, Thailand, police officer Anamelba Mejia Siguenas
who gives traffic fines and gets grief from chauvinistic male drivers in Peru, Rafik
Karaouzen who is designing and building tunnels for the Cairo subway system
or Bangladeshi immigrant Abdul Samad who cleans windshields in Rome’s busy
"A fantastic collaboration between cool TASCHEN and edgy COLORS. This book shows there is no border between countries, races nor art and fashion...".
Mono Magazine, Tokyo
Date: May 2004
Languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian & Portuguese
Taschen 25 Abridged Hardcover, 15.5 x 21.7 cm (6.1 x 8.5 in.), 320 pages
Tachen Flexicover - Flexicover, 14 x 19.5 cm (5.5 x 7.7 in.), 512 pages