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Colorful Tape Art Provides Social Distancing Guidelines on Public Architecture

 

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Since the coronavirus has forced us to rethink how close we are to each other, businesses—and entire cities—have had to get creative about how they impose the six feet apart guideline. A humble roll of tape has proven an effective way to promote these practices, and the Instagram account @tape_measures chronicles how this looks around Singapore.  Often, the solutions are simple. By just adhering “X” on a park bench seat, you know that you’ve got to find somewhere else to sit.

The use of tape demonstrates its power to curb human behavior as well as its versatility. The most common way in which the material is employed is to deter people from sitting or standing in certain places. But, it’s also an effective tool for way-finding. There are many instances in which taped arrows and simple hash marks demonstrate how someone needs to proceed in stores and lobbies where maintaining proper physical distancing would be an issue.

Perhaps the most striking thing about @tape_measures is the unintended beauty that it documents. In some of the images, the geometric design elements—made using tape—adds an unexpected pop of color to an otherwise ordinary place.

Scroll down for some of our favorite rule-abiding designs by @tape_measures and then follow the account for more. You can even submit how you see tape used around where you live, too.

The Instagram account @tape_measures chronicles how tape visualizes social distancing in cities around the world.

 

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h/t: [Colossal, Kottke]

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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