Israeli artist Maya Barkai, based in New York, intends to represent the contemporary multicultural urban environment and therefore uses an international symbol that appears in various forms in cities worldwide, transcending all cultures and languages, namely the traffic light walking men.

Her project “Walking men 99“, part of her wider project, “Walking men worlwide”, surrounds the site of the upcoming Four Seasons Hotel on number 99 of Church street in the centre of Manhattan. It is a photographic collage of 99 pedestrian traffic-light icons collected from around the world, who follow eachother or juxtapose with one another.