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The Continuing Legacy of the Toynbee Tiles

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First appearing in  the mid-to-late 1980s, the Toynbee Tiles are one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries. Since they were first noticed in the mid-1990s, they’ve been the subject of scrutiny and conspiracy, and have given rise to copycat artists and other inspired works. 

The most common Toynbee Tiles read some variation of the message “TOYNBEE IDEA MOVIE 2001 RESURRECT DEAD PLANET JUPITER.” Some larger tiles show longer messages explaining the same idea, and many also contain side messages that attack journalists, the larger media, and the “feds.” “Toynbee” refers to the ideas of British historian Arnold Toynbee, who believed the dead could be resurrected by reviving their molecules. “Movie 2001″ refers to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which supposedly deals with themes of spiritual rebirth and evolution, and takes place on a spaceship on a mission to Jupiter. 

The tiles began in Philadelphia, but many have appeared in other East Coast cities and suburbs, as well as some South American cities. The tiles form a pattern, and experts have theorized the original creator is/was a Philadelphia native, with tiles outside this area reflecting his travel. Tiles are placed in intersections, in the middle of roadways, and more recently closer to crosswalks. They are made of linoleum and layered between two tar paper sheets. The bottom layer attaches the tile to asphalt, and the top layer gets worn down by cars and foot traffic until the tile is revealed. Many older tiles have been ruined, destroyed, or paved over after years of wear. Some cities and organizations aim to protect and preserve the tiles, while others consider them vandalism and have them immediately removed. 

Several theories surround the origin of the Toynbee Tiles. The first is social worker James Morasco, who allegedly spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer about the idea of resurrecting the dead on planet Jupiter in 1983. He died in 2003, however, and many tiles have appeared since then. His widow also said that she didn’t know anything about these theories or the Toynbee Tiles. The second and most popular theory comes from musician and documentary maker Justin Duerr, who claims the tiler to be Philadelphia native Severino “Sevy” Verna. Neighbors confirmed that Verna spoke often about the Toynbee theory and had a hole in the bottom of his car, which could explain how the tiler dropped the tiles onto busy streets in the middle of traffic. Verna’s travel patterns also match those of the tiler, including tiles in other states and South America. There is also limited evidence that points to Verna using James Morasco as an alias in the 1980s. 

New tiles are appearing all the time all across America, however, and Verna seems to have passed. But the style of the tiles and method of placement isn’t difficult to copy, and several of the newer tiles look different and use different language than the originals. A third theory points to copy cats. There was an original tiler, perhaps Morasco or Verna, and some of the newer tiles can be attributed to them. But countless other people across the world became inspired by the Toynbee Tiles and began to place their own. This theory is supported above by the artist or art collective House of Hades, who have placed their own tiles as that were inspired by the Toynbee Tiles. Duerr has met and spoken to the House of Hades creator, who wishes to remain anonymous.

This is by no means the full story of the Toynbee Tiles nor a complete list of theories. There is countless information available online and in books, and there is still so much we don’t know. I recommend watching the documentary “Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles,” and doing your own research and  forming your own theories. There’s too much left to be discovered


The Toynbee Tiles

Sets of embedded messages found in asphalt across major American cities and a few South American cities. Their origin is unknown, and their message is debated upon to this day. Almost all of the tiles depict a variation of the same message: Toynbee Idea Kubrick’s 2001 Resurrect Dead on Planet Jupiter

The first tiles date back to early-mid 1980’s, and have continued to be found until the present day.Many of the locations center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it is believed that the original tiler is a Philedelphian. At one point, native James Morasco was believed to be the tiler, but has since been proven not to be.

Some believe the messages to be allusions to various works that mention colonizing Jupiter, human thought, and mentions of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (where the phrase Kubrick’s 2001 is believed to be derived from)


Toynbee Tiles

[ Images: three pictures of the toynbee tiles ]

The Toynbee Tiles are mysterious mosaic-like tile constructions measuring 30 cm by 15 cm that read ‘Toynbee Idea in Kubrik’s 2001 Resurrect Dead on Planet Jupiter’. They can found embedded in asphalt in at least 24 cities across North and South America. The material used for making the tiles was initially unknown, but evidence has emerged that they may be primarily made of layers of linoleumand asphalt crack-filling compound. References to them can be found as early as the late 1980′s. Most researchers believe that the tiles’ cryptic message is a reference to Ray Bradbury’s short story ‘The Toynbee Convector’, which itself references ideas discussed in Arnold Toynbee’s book Experiences. The tiles also reference the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, in which humans are planning to colonise Jupiter.

[ Source: wikipedia ]


I’m pretty sure sixpenceee has posted something about this, but these are Toynbee Tiles. I was in New York a few days ago and was walking down Fifth Avenue and counted three of these, one of which was completely obliterated and shattered, but still ground into the pavement. Walking back down Fifth Avenue, I counted FIVE of these; four going down the avenue and one on a cross street. The tiles can be found in several cities across North America and in four cities in South America. No one knows who puts them down, or how, or why, but they all say the same thing: “Toynbee Idea 2001 Movie Resurrect Dead on Planet Jupiter”. The only thing that varies are messages on the side of those words, which, judging by my observations, are commissions by whatever group lays them down. My theory is that they are a cult of anti-journalists (because on one of the tiles I saw something about that) who are also against the police (one of the tiles asks that the reader who is supposedly a fellow follower of the cult places a tile somewhere else before they “harvest you off to prison”). At first glance there appeared to be no specific pattern of the tiles, but then I started looking and it seemed as though the tiles were placed every third street. Another interesting observation is that they only appeared in crosswalks and never in the sidewalk or the middle of the street. Weird. Any info about these strange tiles would be appreciated, but it’s not necessary. I think it would be fun if tumblr solved the mystery that investigators cannot!! The following is a Wikipedia page about the Toynbee Tiles: