Toynbee Tiles
Guy Lochhead, 01/09/10
The Toynbee tiles are a series of plaques with mysterious messages about colonising Jupiter that have appeared since the mid-1980s, somehow embedded into the tarmac of about 24 U.S. cities, and 3 South American capitals. The tiles usually read something along the lines of: ‘TOYNBEE IDEA/IN KUBRICK’S 2001/RESURRECT DEAD/ON PLANET JUPITER’, sometimes augmented with brief political statements or long paranoid personal rants. I love the mystery of these things. Perhaps it would be fun to call a shop ‘Toynbee Tiles’, but any more referencing than that would draw unnecessary attention to something that is just nonsense.

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