We have nice ones here in the UK. They point to the Museum or the Halal Abattoir and are sturdy cast iron things you could chain a pet elephant to while you go into a shop to buy a hat.
Not so across the pond. Look at this sorry picture.
Why do Americans and Canadians (shame on them!) consider this super-economy-B&Q-style-no-budget-shelving-system-leftover an acceptable baton to use to bear a notice?
You see these used everywhere over there in the US. I guess it’s a product of their culture. “I don’t never use that sign, so I ain’t going to pay for no fancy post. Etc.”
For the love of Philippe Starck, get some self re-cocking-spect.
This is no post for a sign. Certainly not one you’d want in a public place. Anyone with half an ounce of civic pride would reject this post on the grounds that it looks like a very large pencil holder.
A post like this says, ‘in this town we’ve given up.’ It also says, ‘in this town the mayor sleeps in a tracksuit with bits of breakfast stuck to it and keeps wearing it to go to council meetings.’
It says too, ‘we used to have park here but now it’s a place where the government tests chemical weapons on cats. Our school is also the local Burger King.’
This is the type of post I’d expect to see somewhere in the frigid north, in a polytechnic car park, with a sign attached saying, ‘please mind the sick.’
Come on Americans. And come on Canadians too, you have aesthetics and should know better. Sort out your signposts. Street furniture, much like stationery, represents who you are to the world and where you want to go.
By that token, you clearly want to go and support a shelf in your dad’s garage, one that has some tubs of putty on it and an old swing-ball.