‘Toynbee Tiles’ Mystery Resurrected in Philly

Let’s see: a story centered in Philadelphia, about mysterious street art referencing Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. If that’s not Daring Fireball link material, I don’t know what is.

I’ll just add that I’ve been fascinated by these tiles ever since I moved to Philadelphia, and I noticed a few years ago when new ones started cropping up again. There’s one in the left lane of the Vine Street Expressway, a bit before the merge point with the Schuylkill Expressway, noticeable only when traffic is at a standstill. An insane location for a guerrilla art installation given how fast people drive there when traffic isn’t jammed.

(Thanks to Bryan Bell for the link.)

Monday, 25 September 2006