In order to get a better shot of a mural that is painted on the ground at City Hall, Found on the Ground took a trip on her lunch hour to take the "City Hall Tower Tour". Because we all know how much she loooooves heights!
Well, instead of being one of those eensy weeny little towers that overlooks the mural, this was an elevator straight up to the observation deck right beneath the feet of the Billy Penn Statue. That's 44 floors. 500-some-odd feet. To those not in the know before hand, there was nothing to signify this until we were on the elevator, which was, I kid you not, only big enough for 4 people who are practically hugging each other. It just kept going up, up, up, up, up...
I got some wonderful pictures, but alas, no sweeping views of the mural. I'll post them a few at a time tonight.
After finding Mr. Zip, I wanted to explore a little more. Nobody stopped me, so I wandered around until I stumbled upon the Police Evidence Room. Which from the looks of it is apparently a portal to the early 1900's:
I mean... Seriously. Doesn't it look more at home like this? :
I wasn't able to get a from-the-top view of this mural in the central courtyard of City Hall, but it's one of my favorite features of the city. It is a compass, zodiac, and map of the city including rivers! The white squares are city parks.
You can see an overhead shot of it here, although for some reason, it doesn't appear to have the map on it at all.
Found 3 Toynbee Tiles in one crosswalk on the way to City Hall! Two of them feature vague threats to other Toynbee Tile makers... Such is the life of a "hellion", I suppose.
Most tiles I've seen or heard of do include something like "Movie" and "2001" pretty regularly, so when I first moved here I thought they were a viral ad campaign for a re-make of "2001: A Space Odyssey".
This one was at the start of the crosswalk, nearest Market Street.
LAY TILE ALONE [AS?] HELLIONS
UP [EN?] [M?] [Y?]
AND GIVE YOU [ASS?]
This one was in the middle of the crosswalk, as you can see from the lines painted over it. I'm sure by this time you can fill in the blanks mostly:
And finally, at the end of the crosswalk, nearest City Hall.
RAISE DEAD [?]
YOU MUST LAY TILE ALONE AS HELLIONS
Found 7/28/06, in crosswalk from Market Street East to City Hall.