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Watching Workers Paint Letters on a Street Is So Soothing

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I’m not sure what impresses me the most in this video of workers painting the street. Is it the perfect angles drawn free hand with a tool that’s essentially a stick with an open box at the end? Is it the dude dropping the hot thermoplastic into that box, while his partner is drawing the letters? Or is it the exquisite, ballerina-like footwork of the two workers who make sure not to step on the letters they just made?

I think it’s the footwork. And then, the guy controlling the stick. And then, the dude pouring it in. O Street took a look at a day in the life of Thomas Lilley, a roadliner in Glasgow. It’s fascinating to watch how all those street markings get made.


[O Street via Kottke]