Artist Screws with Street Signs, Ticks Off Japanese Cops

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For the past few years, French artist Clet Abraham has been putting up removable stickers on street signs through Europe. Since late last year, he's been in Japan. And now, he's allegedly in trouble with the law.

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Abraham puts up his stickers during the night, creating street art that surprises people during the day. Some people think his work is cute. Others don't. When asked a few years back by Flo'n The Go whether or not the stickers were illegal, he replied, "Yes, they are, but they don't compromise the traffic sign's function."

Today, Japan's FNN News is reporting that the French artist has admitted to putting up stickers in Osaka and Kyoto starting late last year at over 90 locations. The police are now investigating whether or not his actions are in violation of Japanese road traffic laws.

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This wouldn't be a first. Apparently, he's also been fined in Europe for his street art.

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