A staged auto accident, a giant rabbit statue in the roadway, a living room set in the street: Tom Dewan calls these props "roadwitches." They're part of a series of "traffic-calming happenings" he has orchestrated in the street outside his Oxford home. As this BBC report
puts it, "This is where art installations meet road safety." Explains Dewan:
"There's an element of fun and mischief, but underneath is the ambition to encourage people to re-examine how roads are used. With the living room, it was the most direct way of saying "We live here. This is our living space."
Not everyone finds the installations calming however. One 4x4 driver became enraged by the living room display and deliberately smashed into the carefully arranged furniture. Warning: Don't try this at home