A series of shark fin-shaped bollards in Chongqing, China were installed alongside a busy street to protect stores and cafes from vehicular traffic.
We're gonna need a bigger land barge... and bring along the “Jaws” of Life while you're at it! Welcome to Chongqing, a bustling city of approximately 8 million people situated in central China, almost a thousand miles away from the ocean. Not the usual place one might find sharks, yet sharks there be... thanks to some artistically-minded city planners.
Now the presence of shark fins in China is a touchy topic these days for obvious reasons but fear not: no actual sharks were entombed in asphalt to create this jaws-dropping streetscape. Indeed, there's not a tooth to be seen, not that any are needed for the purpose of warding away road traffic. “Mess with the sharks, you get the fin”, to paraphrase Mr Vernon, the blustering Assistant Principal from The Breakfast Club.
Not everyone's a fan of the fins, however, as some Chongqing residents are concerned pedestrians might injure themselves by walking into the thin, tapered, black shapes at night. Perhaps if they'd lift their gaze from their smartphones once in a while that wouldn't be an issue but that's another pet peeve for another time. (via China Plus, images via IC)