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3D Crosswalk Stops Traffic in This Town With Incredible Optical Illusion
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3D Crosswalk Stops Traffic in This Town With Incredible Optical Illusion

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Social Media Editor
Updated: 30 October 2017

No matter how fast a driver you are, you’ll come swerving to a stop when you see this pedestrian crossing!

The small town of Ísafjörður in Iceland has discovered a brilliant way to use art to slow down people’s driving. It’s a 3D pedestrian crossing and it is absolutely amazing.

Optical illusion helps the crossing appear to be magically floating in mid air, rather than painted flat on the concrete. As you approach while driving, the zebra stripes seem to pop up at you, creating what looks like an actual barrier that your car can’t cross.

Beyond that, it’s exceptionally cool to walk over, giving the playful illusion that pedestrians are strolling on air.

The brain behind this useful innovation is Icelandic environmental commissioner Ralf Trylla, who came up with the idea after seeing a similar project executed in New Delhi. Street-painting company Vegamálun GÍH took on the task of creating the artistic roadworks, which are now a reality for everyone to enjoy, or to screech to a halt at, depending on their perspective.