Friday, April 25, 2014

Resurrect Dead: Toynbee Q&A at Whitman Library April 28th

The Whitman Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia is holding a cool event entitled "History of Toynbee Tiles" on Monday, April 28th. Starting at 6pm, the event will feature Writer/Researcher Colin Smith and Associate Producer/Researcher Steve Weinik of the award winning documentary "Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles."

Toynbee Tiles, described as "unauthorized, relentless, cryptic, and uniquely Philadelphia street-art" on the event's page, started mysteriously popping up in the 1980s and became an obsession for one man in particular. His name is Justin Duerr and the documentary follows his chase to uncover the meaning, and person, behind the Toynbee Tiles.

When asked to comment on Toynbee's influence, renown artist Joe Boruchow had some high praise to share:

This is a must see event if you're in to the Philly street art seen or like a good mystery. Chances are pretty darn good you've come across one of these tiles in your morning commute, as they are all over the city and easily missed throughout the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Here's a great interactive map that pinpoints the location of all known Toynbee Tiles in Philadelphia. Click on the map to see a picture and coordinates of each tile.

View Philadelphia Toynbee Tiles in a larger map

Check out the trailer below:

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