These familiar figures are a part of the Pedestrian Project by costume designer Yvette Helin. From 1995 to September 11, 2001, Helin and a few friends donned these costumes and walked around New York City, inspired by the ubiquitous icons on street signs.
After 9/11, however, Helin no longer felt the desire to parade around New York City in an all-black costume--until now. She was contacted to participate in Manhattan's Art in Odd Places "Pedestrian" event and accepted. The first five images are from 2008; the last five are from various pre-9/11 dates.