One anonymous artist has been leaving strange messages in cities around the world for decades. These messages are forever encased in concrete by their mysterious maker, but even after all these years, no one has come forward to claim the cryptic creations.
No, they”re not part of some viral marketing campaign. These are the Toynbee tiles a longstanding cultural riddle that has yet to be solved.
Toynbee tiles were first discovered in the late 1980s, but the media didn”t start paying attention until 1994.
The messages spelled out in tile are all similar in tone. They”re also incredibly confusing.
The name Toynbee is featured on many of the works, which is how the tiles got their unusual moniker.
No one knows who created these tiles, although James Morasco of Philadelphia was the prime suspect for quite some time.
Some tiles make veiled political statements, and all of them feature the same poor handwriting.
Though no one has any idea how the tiles are made, some suspect that they are composed of linoleum and a compound found in asphalt.
The newest tiles were discovered in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, in 2007 and 2008.
So far, Toynbee tiles have appeared in over 24 major cities in the United States, and in a handful of cities in South America. Since they”ve been around for over three decades and no one has come forward to claim them, it”s safe to assume that they”ll remain a mystery.