a curious mind

street sign semantics and happy signs

happy signs LA - photo: cia mooney

Robert Venturi, in Learning from Las Vegas, opened our eyes to the quirky and sometimes magical character of the iconography of post modern architecture. The signs above may just be catchy commerce vying for our attention on the street, yet the fact that 2 smiling faces flank the boulevard is a welcome synergy. I imagine late at night, when the lights go out, the street is a lonelier place.