The mystery of the Toynbee Idea tiles has spread across America with strange messages made of linoleum, asphalt and tar paper imprinted on the pavement of city streets in Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, Cincinnati and Cleveland, and as far west as Kansas City, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Even Roswell, New Mexico.
The enigma persists. Theories have been presented but the true origin of the original tiles, which first appeared in Philadelphia in the 1980s, remains a mystery. Who was responsible? What was their message, and why choose such a strange way to present it?
Unfortunately many of the tiles have been destroyed, removed or paved over, considered vandalism instead of the strange art they really are. In honor of the mystery of the Toynbee Idea tiles I have created some replica designs available on T-Shirts and other products at Cafepress.com. Now you can spread the enigma, without fear of it being paved over…
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