The last Tiles.

/The last Tiles.

So for those who’ve never heard of them, the Toynbee Tiles are a pre-Internet creepypasta involving lino tiles stuck to roads and engraved with a variety of eschatological messages like RESSURECT DEAD ON PLANET JUPITER. The originator of the tiles is thought to be a Philadelphia man with a somewhat tenuous grasp on reality, but he spawned legions of imitators and now there are Tiles in cities all over the world. I managed to walk over a few in New York and D.C. when I was there, and grinned a little every time.

There’s just one problem: the Tiles, particularly the originals, are disintegrating.

So what hope is there for preservation, particularly given many cities treat them like graffiti rather than art? (Warning for browser-crashing levels of advertising at the link. Adblockers recommended.)

2016-02-17T07:37:50+00:0019th February, 2016|Tags: pop culture|2 Comments

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  1. tms-popculture 7th March, 2016 at 5:02 pm

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