Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sign of the Times

Can you symbolically capture the decline of Rust Belt cities with these two signs, located just a few feet apart in downtown Cleveland? Is there a simpler way to illustrate the transformation from industrial might to service industry servitude?


  1. The collective psyche of human society would benefit if it rediscovered the value of the work of the artisan, and his ability to communicate uplifting, reassuring, and positive visual messages, in even, (and maybe especially), the most mundane elements of everyday life.

  2. Same thing in NY.

    Why have this

    When you can have this

    Which would you rather live in?


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