Office for Zebra Crossings
by Ann Rapstoff
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Ann Rapstoff writes:
'Office for Zebra Crossings (2012), carried out its research during
Remarkable Place at The Keep in Reading on 24th and 25th March. The work was part
of an ongoing dialogue exploring the remarkable in the unremarkable subject of zebra crossings.
Collecting data for the Office for Zebra Crossings event, concerning the public's vision for
the future development of this iconic black and white crossing, raised a number of interesting opinions.
All in all, people felt the black and white of the crossing should remain the same, but the future possibility
of a change to pink and green crossings was not ruled out. New names for crossings included peanut crossing,
magpie crossing and bear crossing as an alternative to the current crossings, Pelican, Puffin and Toucan.
My main interest in the research from the Office for Zebra Crossings concerned how and if the public
believe eye contact with a driver has any significance in crossing at a zebra crossing. In this part of the
research, the public attending the Office for Zebra Crossings were asked to 'perform' the action carried out
when they cross at a zebra. This offered an opportunity for the public to play out their actions, and take
charge of the small space we inhabited.' A number of these photographs (all by Ann Rapstoff) were exhibited at
The Remarkable Shed party on
Sunday 15th July 2012, and some are shown below.
Ann Rapstoff, Office for Zebra Crossings
(15th July 2012)