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Highway art - art in the road environment
highway A15 colored 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. In 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.