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Highway art - art in the road environment
highway A15 concrete noise barriers
When the grade of the road permits, the most satisfying and
elementary noise barrier wall, in a case as above, is a single
horizontal plane. Its straight forward geometry complements everything -
from natural settings to variegated urban settings. I the case of
nature, which is organic in every sense, a simple geometric shape
complements it to the maximum. Sometimes we try to mimic nature, which
only makes both look foolish. Mimicking urban textures by bricklaying
walls just aggravates the situation.
In giving such a wall an explicit color, which does not try to mimic anything. both the wall and the surroundings are liberated - creating a division between two entities which will never unite whichever way you look at it. A road or highway which needs a noise barrier is a necessary evil which cannot wed the surroundings onto which it has been forced. We must not try to camouflage this and show this disparity.