“Adaptation, Fig. 1” is a continuation of Elmgreen & Dragset’s investigation into the control mechanisms that are embedded in the architecture of public space as depicted in their “Powerless Structures” series. Ordinarily, the road sign plays an integral role in the policing and regulation of human behaviour in the public sphere, indicating the rules of where people are permitted to go, or rather, where they are not permitted to go. On the one hand, the artwork is an accurate remodelling of a conventional road sign; on the other hand, its mirror surface asks its viewer to reflect upon the regulatory role that signs play and how this, in turn, influences our living modes. The piece thus asks one to look inwards to draw on our own views and values, as opposed to a dominant social code, when making a moral or ethical judgement. The work adapts to its surroundings, becoming almost invisible, rather than serving an authoritarian function.