Uncle Freddy's Gallery, Hammond Indiana, May 2003
These are reproductions of road signs found all over the country, hand cut by local Highway Maintenance Departments. I have spotted them throughout the Midwest, and in Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Texas, and Oregon. They are elements of a venacular aesthetic defining an Americana we live in and often do not recognize -- unique, funny, and at times impenetrable.
The warning message is not always clear. Often there are local attempts at improving the meaning, or at promoting a greater terseness. I tend to misread many of these signs as social and political statements ("Keep Left") and especially as sexual metaphors. What else can you do on road trips except entertain yourself?
NO WAY OUT
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