[ 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 ]