Ørje, Norway – Sometimes mischievous public art interrupts our days in the best of ways. Pranksters and Swedish art group Kreativiteket turned an average gray day into a memorable chuckle for the people of Ørje, Norway, with a playful traffic sign. With their help, what once was a mere crosswalk transformed into a silly exercise humorously embraced by the community.
The sign referenced a famous Monty Python sketch (video below) in which a gentleman visits “The Ministry of Silly Walks” to requests a patent. The sketch begins with John Cleese, dressed in a suit and bowler hat, absurdly traipsing with his briefcase down sidewalks and over crosswalks. His ridiculous high kicks have been referenced in television and movies ever since.
Though the traffic sign was approved by the local council, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration demanded its removal. Unfortunately, the silly walk sign was deemed confusing despite the fact that locals figured the joke out pretty quickly.
Watch the video below to see Ørje townsfolk perform their best silly walks.
Video by NRK.
Monty Python’s “Ministry of Silly Walks” from season 2, episode 14 of Monty Python’s Flying Circus (“Face the Press”).