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Artist ordered to tear down work after his ‘road signs’
put motorists in a spin

Daily Mail
July, 10 2007

Council chiefs have ordered an artist to tear down his work after he installed 10 random road signs at a busy junction on a main road – sending motorists round the bend.

More than 100 motorists complained that the signs, which included a no entry sign, a one-way sign and a mini roundabout sign – none of which applied to the road in question in Ashford, Kent – had caused at least 12 minor accidents.

The art installation – which is part of a series of outdoor shows which pocketed a £50,000 grant from the Arts Council – has been slammed as “ridiculous” and “dangerous” by drivers and transport chiefs.

The installation by artist Michael Pinsky, called ‘Lost O’, was designed to celebrate the Tour de France stage through the county last weekend.

Driving instructor David Somerville, who regularly takes his pupils out on the road, said it was causing havoc.

He said: “It is horrendous. If that is meant to be art it’s a load of rubbish. Read the rest of the article here.