In Paris, more than 360,000 “potelets antistationnement des trottoirs parisiens” separate the space destined for pedestrians and vehicles. Steel posts, deeply rooted in the sidewalk, which in average can take 1,500 collisions with cars before they bend – or so they say.
The head of each post is crowned by a hand caressing, smooth globe of steel. The once neatly lacquered specimen always mark a transition from sidewalk to traffic lane or a driveway. But there is one thing all of theses potelets parisiens have in common: over time the coating vanishes. Through random touches, casual contacts, through life itself every globe develops a very personal profile and becomes an individual, aesthetic object.