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Urban Time Capsules

October 29, 2009

Promotional advertising in Berlin contained within a triptych composition.

Though a fresh layer conceals the dates and times of an eventful past, the angle of the late-afternoon sun reveals a contoured surface, suggesting a thick buildup of advertising beneath. In this case of contained promotional advertising, a visual and cultural history can be extracted from a dense, sticky, stratified, rectangular mass.  Much as the study of tree-rings reveal yearly growth cycles, so too do these structures explain an urban ecology: the frequency of formal and informal flyering, local events, and poster-removal services.


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