Objects embedded in Brooklyn's asphalt


Flickr user STR820 has a beautiful photoset of found objects embedded in Brooklyn asphalt. There's a handsome incongruity in seeing everyday contemporary objects in such archaeological postures, as though the future ruins of our civilization have travelled backward in time to the present day. Link (Thanks, Mike!)

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  1. As though the future ruins of our civilization have traveled backward in time to the present day?

    Wouldn’t they be more futuristic looking?

  2. There’s a handsome incongruity in seeing everyday contemporary objects in such archaeological postures, as though the future ruins of our civilization have travelled backward in time to the present day.

    Cory, that’s the most awesome sentence I’ve read in a month. Wow.

    Thanks for the post.

  3. the future ruins of our civilization have travelled backward in time to the present day.

    For that, it needs the ruined head of the Statue of Liberty buried in the ground. Or a self-Polaroid of a sentient cockroach.

  4. now that the art value is established I will be investing in a gas driven diamond saw. Expect to hit some remarkably symmetrical potholes.

  5. I remember when I was a kid we would dig up $100 worth of asphalt to retrieve an embedded quarter. Now I won’t even bend over to pick one up from the sidewalk. *sigh*

  6. I don’t think there will be much discovery by the future people. These roads, sidewalks, etc. are dug up on a regular basis and the material is usually recycled.

    Sorry, future people. You are gonna have to do it the hard way, by digging in a desert.

  7. BTW… the vast majority of the items is contractor trash. Broken tools, nuts, bolts, sawblades, other metal bric-a-brac, beer cans. Kind of puts a different slant on the pictures.

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