While walking down the middle of the street in Taipei, a foreigner found herself laughing in the middle of the crosswalk. The reason? She was facing a huge zebra butt with a timer counting down the seconds before the light turned red.
Nicola Smith is a correspondent for the Telegraph, and is currently based in Taiwan. An expert at reporting important issues in Asia, she also shares casual and fun pictures of things that entertain or amuse her in Taiwan.
One such picture was a zebra butt traffic light located at the intersection of Civic Boulevard (市民大道) and Dunhua North Road (敦化北路).
The odd public art led Smith to tweet, “What city planner thinks ‘maybe we should put crosswalk lights in a zebra butt’? Quirky #Taipei. It brightened my evening.”
— Nicola Smith (@niccijsmith) October 13, 2020
The tweet attracted the attention of the foreign community and locals alike, with one foreigner quickly chiming in, adding that he had always been amused by the “green man” in Taiwan’s crosswalk traffic lights, which does “a little jive as he walks.”
In fact, first established in 1999, the zebra butt is one of Taiwan’s oldest public artworks and was named “Crosswalk for time” (時間斑馬線).
As the public art piece only had the bottom half of the zebra, a new zebra-in-a-cage display was later erected a year later in another section of the street.