Those painted concrete posts, used to obstruct the passage of cars bollards on Saint Roch Square were one of the first things I saw in Montpellier that I wanted to photograph and put on this blog. They used to be much brighter a couple of years ago, apparently, though I kind of like their current faded colors.
I am a big fan of street art, especially the kind that injects some color into otherwise drab and grey city environments and/or transforms purely utilitarian and mundane urban structures into ornamental and whimsical objects. Even the unattractive word ‘bollard’ is given a slightly more appealing ring to it by the application of a little bit of color and creativity, no?
This reminds me of this, also in France, and – in a less direct way, of the transformation of the Soviet Army monument in Sofia this past summer.