Rues de France

Rues de France

image

image

image

image

image

image

Like the language and country itself, French street signs can be so poetic. It’s not just the name but the elegant design of the enamelled street signs which are usually nailed into the stone wall of a building. The little flourishes make a difference too. Instead of the usual dark blue background with white writing that you see everywhere in Paris, here in the countryside they have added an outline of the village as the background. A lot of thought has gone into the presentation of these everyday indicators that tell you where you are’ so necessary

image

when you get lost as I frequently do. You can’t help but think about the person who has been honoured with a street name. Some are famous, some probably known only to the older inhabitants of the village. And that’s one the key differences I’ve found between France and Australia; the amount of thought that’s given before presenting something to the world. Layer upon layer upon layer until the finished product-whether it is an idea, philosophy or street sign, is considered worthy of existence . Et  voilà! every possible angle, nuance and impression has been considered. It’s not that we are slapdash in Australia, we have wonderful artists,  artisans, writers and creators too, but the attitude of “She’ll be right” still persists in many areas of life. But perhaps it’s also a matter of time and as one of the youngest nation’s and oldest continents , we will bring perfected artistry into the most mundane areas of life 

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s