A repurposed sign takes on an abstract art quality

I saw this painted-over sign attached to a railing in Belleville (NJ) and stopped to admire its new abstract art quality, due to some of the flaking and wear of the black paint. It made me think of some of Robert Rauschenberg’s black paintings from the early 1950s where one can vaguely see something underneath the black paint. It looks like there’s a template or stencil being used as one can make out “Belleville Police” along the left edge, which makes me wonder if painting over old signs and using them for something else is a regular thing in Belleville?

painted over street sign in Belleville NJ

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