…a sign means something – stop, go, walk, etc. The sign thinks for you. It commands you. A symbol, on the other hand, represents an idea, a process, or a physical entity. But the important word here is represents. The symbol represents something else, something beyond what you are looking at–whereas the sign means only this… Where the sign thinks for you, the symbol asks you to do the thinking–abstract versus the literal.
A sign painted on a building commanding the passerby to “stop” and “drink…” Submitted in response to Dutch goes the Photo’s challenge.