Friday, November 21, 2008
Some Finnish cities pay bounties to private security firm employees for putting young men into hospital on suspicion of 'defacing' grey concrete walls in industrial areas. Meanwhile, some unelected official had license to decorate the 700 year old "mother church of the Lutheran Church of Finland, the country’s national shrine" with this elegant period piece of a litter bin. Thousands of tourists photograph it every year. Aesthetics is a matter of selective vision. We see what we want to see.
On the other hand, any attempt of adapting its looks to the church's 14th century exterior might actually hamper its invisibility. People would take pictures of it to share the joke with friends back home. The wrong joke, most likely. People in the 14th century recycled even horse droppings...