Tuesday, September 15, 2009

We've All Got Baggage

My sister was in town for my wedding recently, and I went to pick her up at Central Station. While waiting for her, I couldn't help but admire the illustration on this safety sign:


Watch out, Don Draper! An oddly misshapen hand is after your latest presentation! (Inspired by The Fugitive, perhaps?)

But then I noticed another sign nearby, apparently geared toward Asian (Chinese?) tourists:


Why is it so fugly? And what's with the yellow (!) giantess hand with Flo-Jo nails? Come on, Swedish police, surely you can come up with something better.

Books on Display

Passing through Sturegallerian a few weeks ago, I came upon this store, just outside the entrance toward Stureplan:


Yup, that pillar is made of books.

I'm of two minds on this--on one hand, it's sort of sad to see books emasculated and relegated to the status of "clothing-store decorative element".


(Okay, I don't *know* that they have damaged the books in creating this pillar, but I'm guessing they've probably stuck a rod or two into the column, or glued the books together somehow, to keep it all safe for shoppers.)


On the other hand, knowing how many books are destroyed ("pulped") all the time in warehouses when they don't sell fast enough, I'm not so bothered by the idea. I guess they might as well be repurposed for something like this, and heck, having books on display in public spaces is fundamentally positive, no?