Road Signs Project curated by Ingrid Mayrhofer at Centre
Kaomoji is a Japanese emoticon meaning face marks or face characters. It reads horizontally, and is creatively created by punctuations, option keys, and other language characters as well. To address the void of emotional or humourous context in text messaging, kaomoji emerged at the inception of texting in Japan and quickly grew in popular use in youth culture.
The caution sign with a duck kaomoji, makes a humourous sign for oncoming hazards when City and corporation keep passing the response- ability for failing infrastructure and public safety. DUCK! is a public warning sign for failed accountability leading to hazards like falling glass from poorly constructed Toronto high rise condos; falling bricks from Hamilton’s deteriorating neglected heritage buildings or when driving under the crumbling Gardiner Expressway.