NOTES FROM JUPITER: Decoding the Toynbee Tiles
Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St., Brooklyn)
“TOYNBEE IDEA in Kubrick’s 2001. RESURRECT DEAD ON PLANET JUPITER.” With these words unfurled an urban mystery whose clues have confounded the most stalwart seekers of its arcane meaning. They are the Toynbee Tiles, strange messages embedded in city streets throughout the United States and South America that have been puzzling passersby since the 1980s. Are they art? The ramblings of a crackpot? An alchemical codex? Join Justin Duerr, who has been investigating these tiles for over two decades, tying together such disparate threads as David Mamet, short-wave radio programming, and the work of historian Arnold Toynbee to try and crack the door ajar on this elusive urban mystery.
Justin Duerr is a painter, musician, and resident of Philadelphia, where the Toynbee Tiles were first discovered. He was also the subject of the recent documentary, Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles.