If one person’s trash can be another person’s treasure, why can’t one person’s mind-numbing daily commute through traffic be another’s artistic expression?
In Interchange Choreographies, Chicago-based designer Nicholas Rougeux makes spaghetti junctions (the world’s most tangled and twisted highways) things of beauty. Using a different color to represent each road feeding into a particularly hellish interchange, the artist told Co.Design that his pieces “resemble everything from dancers to otherworldly creatures.” The colors never mix, but pass over one another, like the endless stream of drivers navigating the lines.
Emerging from the chaotic nightmare of these intersections, surprising rainbows bring a sense of peace out of daily traffic disfunction. Rougeux used OpenStreetMap data and Adobe Illustrator to shed colorful light on the world’s roads, manually adding color to each roadway—red, blue, yellow, and purple for the major roads; green, orange, and pink for the minor ones.
He’s created about 60 Interchange Choreographies, featuring every continent except Antarctica. They can be purchased for around $28.
After living off of one of the most devilish freeways in the United States for a couple years, I hope to one day see what artistry and movement can come from the beast they call “the 91.”