Cool Street-level Art: Crosswalk Dread by Charles

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Most “street art” is not actually in the street, but these are. Somewhere between Caspar the Friendly Ghost and The Scream, these poor guys have apparently been run down by rush hour traffic and left to molder in the crosswalks, the White Guy at the SW corner of the Connecticut/S/Florida conflagration and the Yellow Guy in the west crosswalk at Connecticut and R. I assume it’s a commentary on traffic’s menace to pedestrians, but maybe they’re just for fun.

Anyone else see these in other spots around town?

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  • I was wondering about this guy! There is a red one at 18th & K St., NW

  • There’s one in Dupont Circle, I think it was on the western spoke of Mass Ave. I hope it is commentary. There are some really dangerous drivers around, and I don’t understand why the police never try to enforce the laws.

    Crossing the actual circle of Dupont Circle means putting your life on the line (yes, even when it says walk). I see drivers all the time that totally ignore directional lines and go straight in turn-only lanes and turn in straight-only lanes.

    Then the drivers look pissed at the pedestrians for being in their way.

  • I walk and drive thru Dupont Circle on a regular basis so I see both sides of this — and while some drivers ignore the signs — most of the pedestrians must have a death wish — when the sign says “Don’t Walk” stay on the side walk and out of the street!

  • There’s one at 17th and Pennsylvania, right across from the White House. Pretty funny.

  • I’ve seen one in Philadelphia

  • There’s one on 9th near the Sculpture Garden.

  • This is Stikman and I’ve been tracking him down for a while. You can see some more I’ve been finding at

  • I’ve seen these in NYC as well.

  • I feel like I see these all the time, everywhere. Maybe because I work in Dupont, where there are several, though I feel like I’ve seen them all over Philadelphia and New York as well.

  • There’s one near the National Art Gallery on the mall side…like 4th and Madison!

  • There is one on Constitution at 9th St.

  • Connecticut & R? That’s no accident, and not “just for fun”. That’s where Alice Swanson was killed, this time last year.
    I’m a pedicab operator, and I’ve been noticing them all around the city lately, for the first time.

  • Also, if there’s one at 18th & K, that’s no surprise, either.
    That intersection is listed by the MPD as one of the most dangerous in Northwest. There’s a pattern here.

  • These are in Baltimore as well. A couple are near the Inner Harbor.

  • As a driver and a frequent walker through Dupont Circle, it is just a really scary circle for all. There are too many traffic lights in the circle and the street signs are really small making it hard to figure out which spoke to exit. Also, you have these crazy inner and outter loops so if you aren’t really familiar with the circle it is stressful. With the bikers and pedestrians in the mix some crossing when they should, some when they shouldn’t it makes it even more scary. You add the crazy aggressive drivers who honk and try to pass you and it just adds to the mix.

  • Independence and 7th SW

  • They’re in crosswalk at 7th & Constitution, by the Sculpture Garden.

  • There’s two in Georgetown – one at M & Potomac, and one at Thomas Jefferson & Potomac (I think). No idea what they mean, but they always make me smile.

  • Seems like these are the new “Toynbee Tiles”, just without the delusional ramblings. I was able to get a picture of the last Toynbee in DC before it was repaved out of existence near Farragut Square a few years ago.

  • They look like sleestak to me.

  • I’ve heard that they mark intersections where pedestrian fatalities have occurred. Heard that a while ago. Not sure where I heard it from, so that doesn’t mean it’s true. But it makes sense to me considering the intersections where they are found.

  • I’ve seen one in Cape May, NJ

  • I think this is related to the street art from a few years back that went something like…

    IN KUBRICK’S 2001

    It’s the same adhesive process used back then.

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