Posted on August 8, 2007
As Summer Sun Melts…
Today is a day that I’m glad I don’t still work in an animal emergency room. Heat stroke abounds and it’s always a brutal, ugly thing. If you, or your dog’s body temperature goes over 107, your internal organs begin to melt.
On that cheery note and because I have nothing else to write about this horribly oppressive Wednesday afternoon, here’s an update on the Toynbee tiles.
The new tiles that I reported a few weeks back are still covered. Whatever lies beneath the tar paper and wood glue has yet to be revealed. The first post about these new, large tiles included sightings at 15th and 16th at Chestnut. Since then, new large tiles from the same run have been spotted at 15th and Arch, 13th and Filbert, 12th and Filbert, 13th and Market and 12th and Market. In case you’re mentally retarded and can’t count, that’s a total of 7 new, large tiles in center city Philadelphia.
To paraphrase a long-gone Pittsburgh tile, as heat of summer sun melts tar paper, the new tile will be revealed. Hopefully several layers of tar paper will keep car wheels from messing them up.
In other news, the robot men that you’ve probably been seeing all over the fucking place are the work of a street artist named stickman. Head over to 12th and Filbert to see a new large tile, an old, small tile and a robot man all at the same intersection. As the medium takes hold, I hope to see more styles and varieties of asphalt mosaics.
Along with Reading Terminal and Chinatown, robot men run a stretch of the Parkway from 17th to the art museum, all over Penn Campus and eastern West Philly, 2nd street in Northern Liberties and even on Delaware Ave. Good work stickman!