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Highway art - art in the road environment

highway A15 colored concrete noise barriers

One rectangular level plane as noise barrier.
The most beautiful noise barrier is the most elementary one.

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.

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