"The Box of Crazy": amazing codex "found by the trash"

The trash is a mundane place to find the magical work presented anonymously as "The Box of Crazy". This could be the next Codex Seraphinus! Or, perhaps, it's marketing for something or other. In any case, the William Blake-esque paintings are a particularly fine touch. Business Insider, collating the work of Redditors, runs through components of its rather too-neat origin story. Sometimes, I wish people could just enjoy a good yarn rather than focusing entirely on finding details that permit the shouting of "Hoax! Hoax!"—but such are our times.

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  1. Wouldn't the correct analogy be to outsider art epics like Darger's "The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion"? rather than to to the "Codex Seraphinianus"? After all, the Codex, while fascinating, was deliberately created by an artist for publication and would be unlikely to found in the trash, whereas outsider art is often only found when going through the creator's possessions.

  2. I've known artists in all mediums to leave their art in random public places. Outsider artists are bloody creative in their distribution methods, and don;t give a crap about a transaction in my experience - they are quite willing to simply put their tape/cd/poster/book/whatever in a phone booth or on a random cafe table and walk away.

  3. Edie says:

    Roller bearings really are pretty cool; and if the owner of the Box of Crazy drew those schematics, I'd say he has reason to be proud of them and carry them around. As for the "Incident in 1977", Von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods came out in 1968, but didn't really reach America unto the documentary in 1970.

    Take another look at those illustrations; They're a late 70's meme of conflating Ezekiel's Wheel with space ships. The entity is right out of Ezekiel, too. So, yeah, maybe the author/illustrator was trying to say that the roller bearing was invented by space aliens and recorded in the book of Ezekiel? I've known some engineers who were pretty weird; they might as well have had heads of animals!

  4. xzzy says:

    It's an artifact of the internet.. no one wants to be branded as gullible and there have been a LOT of hoaxes spread around online. So the safe option is to view everything with a heaping spoonful of skepticism.

    Plus there's also the opportunity to be the hero.. the person who unveils the truth gets to assert dominance over whatever community they're dealing with.

  5. There is a lot of stuff like this, and I suspect most of it gets burned or put into the landfill. Occasionally it gets rescued. At a convention I went to, someone showed off their late uncle's huge, complex diagrams of how he thought the universe worked. An architectural draftsman in San Francisco did amazing drawings of imaginary buildings inspired by people he knew, and diagrams of strange world fair like festivals, which only got discovered and published by happenstance. And I've run across lots more, not as spectacular, examples. This "crazy" is pretty typical in style, and not as weird in content as some.

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