25 July 2009

Grey Box – Camouflaged


Aesthetics of Survival ∕ Objects

In late 2006 and early 2007 we had a bit of a thing going for the ubiquitous grey box, that stalwart prop of any urban scene. Some contain telecommunications stuff, whilst others are used as miniature parcel depots for the postal service.

The town of Potsdam on the other hand, overtly aware of its Historical Importance, has taken a radical step and seems to be camouflaging its grey boxes, Liu Bolin-style.

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I guess you could go a step further and turn the idea into a real concept for architecturally “sensitive” tourist hotspots. Imagine a similarly camouflaged hot-dog stand in front of the Chateau de Chaumont in the Loire Valley ”¦