March 24, 2013

Zurich. October, 1986

What is this mess, you might wonder. Where some see trash, others see art. Or something. This is actually the floor of a chic menswear shop that Andreas, Ernest, Klaus and I wandered into during our brief reunion in Zurich so many years ago. Ernest and Klaus down from Hamburg, me on a months-long trip to Italy (and a quick train ride north from Milan)...we all stayed in Andreas’ apartment, roughing it with sleeping bags, couches, etc. And who else but the Swiss, so recycle-forward, would take all these discarded wrappers, compress them into “tiles” and make them into flooring? I hope they were empty wrappers, because some of them look like ketchup portions.

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