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Sunday, January 30th, 2011
6:08 pm
'Resurrect Dead' wins at Sundance!
From Slashfilm:
The Directing Award: Documentary was presented to Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles, directed by Jon Foy. An urban mystery unfurls as one man pieces together the surreal meaning of hundreds of cryptic tiled messages that have been appearing in city streets across the U.S. and South America.

Many congratulations to Jon and everyone connected to the film!
Thursday, January 27th, 2011
8:57 am
Two reviews online today to Resurrect Dead's screening at the Sundance Film Festival: from the Philadelphia Inquirer and Reuters.
Saturday, January 8th, 2011
6:39 am
The Resurrect Dead film at Kickstarter
Further to the previous post, the Resurrect Dead film has achieved the backing it needed via Kickstarter for the Sundance Film Festival... go here for the official announcement, and a big  W E L L  D O N E !  to anyone in this community who contributed!
Friday, December 31st, 2010
5:15 am
Resurrect Dead film for the Sundance Film Festival?
The film about Toynbee Tiles that has been long in the making, Resurrect Dead by Jon Foy, has been selected for the Sundance Film Festival but needs some backing. Anyone can help directly by supporting the project with a pledge over at Kickstarter: full details here. Go Jon!
Sunday, April 4th, 2010
6:45 am
Toynbee Tiles are profiled in this recent article at Cracked: The 5 Creepiest Unsolved Crimes Nobody Can Explain.
Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
8:21 am
Toynbee Tile update
Google Alerts isn't picking up much on Toynbee Tiles these days, but a journalistic overview about the original mystery appeared at the culture website Good on 4 November 2009.

The Resurrect Dead site hasn't been updated for some time although it hasn't yet gone the way of the Toynbee.net site, which no longer exists. There's been plenty of new activity going on, with new tiles appearing all over Philadelphia and beyond. Philly photographer and Tile researcher Steve Weinik posted a well-referenced update over on his blog on 31 October, on all Toynbee Tile activity so far in 2009.
Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
7:55 am
A Toynbee Tile information page for the forthcoming Resurrect Dead film is now up at Myspace. Tile music too!
Sunday, July 23rd, 2006
10:14 pm
10:07 pm
9:37 pm
Toynbee Tile resources on Flickr
There are a couple of public Toynbee Tile groups over on Flickr:

Toynbee Tiles (13 members and 62 photos), and Toynbee Tile Detectives (4 members and so far only 1 photo).

Doing a general search for 'Toynbee' at Flickr comes up with around 150 photos (plus around another 20 not relevant to the Tiles). Most of the Tiles are in Philadelphia but many are elsewhere, though unfortunately those posting often never mention in which city they were found.
Wednesday, February 1st, 2006
6:13 pm
Toynbee Tiles... latest stuff
A couple of days ago Steve Weinik posted an update at his website on his Toynbee Tile research, in an article which contains some new leads and ideas.
Saturday, January 21st, 2006
12:05 pm
The identity of the tile-maker
Hello everyone, I'm new around here.

Two friends of mine and I are working on a documentary film about the tiles. The film is intended to serve two functions, more or less: 1.) Tell the criminally untold story of the tiles, and 2.) Document our search for the identity of the tile-maker.

I encourage everyone to check out our web page, www.resurrectdead.com, which currently is more of a gathering of information about the tiles than a source of info on our movie, since the movie is only about half-shot.

Specifically, I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts on tracking down this elusive artist behind the tiles. Most everyone that follows this mystery that I've talked to is convinced that the new crop of tiles is the work of a copycat artist, and that the original artist ceased operations around 2002 (right around when the new ones started popping up, coincidentally enough.) There are a thousand different possibilities and very few concrete leads to explanations for any of this, but most of my tile-fan friends are hung up on the idea that this is a younger, artistically inclined 'culture-jammer' at work on the new crop of tiles who is copying the mad rantings of a genuinely insane original artist.

Taking that theory and running with it is the next step that my collaborators want to take. My question to you all is, taking the above hypothesis as a given, what would be a good first step to tracking the 'new-school' tile-maker down? Any ideas?

If you're as into the tiles as we are and have any thoughts on any aspect of our project or just wanna talk tiles, please get in touch!

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005
12:06 pm
Philadelphia, October 2005: Some Discoveries, part 13
Here's a good one we found at the corner of Juniper & S. Penn. Square:

The annotation reads "Lay tile alone as hellions join up en-masse and give you beatings."

Out of the twenty seven reported locations of tiles at toynbee.net we visited twelve but only found four still visible. However we discovered fifteen more previously unreported, of which we uncovered a few to the light of day. As the new tiles are mostly on fresh tarmac, in all likelihood, they are the work of an altogether different tile-layer, or group of people, than the original person. In either case, as you can see, there are probably plenty more new tiles still to be found in downtown Philadelphia...
12:04 pm
Philadelphia, October 2005: Some Discoveries, part 12
Two more new tiles we found (and left covered) at the intersection of Juniper & Chestnut:

12:02 pm
Philadelphia, October 2005: Some Discoveries, part 11
Two old tiles we found at the intersection of Broad & Race:

11:57 am
Philadelphia, October 2005: Some Discoveries, part 10
Here's the first tile I came upon by chance back in June 2005, at the intersection of 15th & Kennedy:

The white road markings have been repainted between then and now, but the tile still remains intact.
11:50 am
Philadelphia, October 2005: Some Discoveries, part 9
Here's another old tile we found at 15th & Market:

It was here that a young woman came up to us and asked if we were researching the Toynbee Tiles. Previously she'd e-mailed toynbee.net's site owner to point out that there was also a relatively recent discovery made outside her school at 13th & Burke (?), but that six months later the site's maintainer had still made no mention of it (I wonder if he's still interested in maintaining the site).
11:43 am
Philadelphia, October 2005: Some Discoveries, part 8
The largest tile we found that day was the often-photographed one at 13th & Chestnut:

11:40 am
Philadelphia, October 2005: Some Discoveries, part 7
By now Fred and I were getting the hang of what to look for. Here are two more new tiles we discovered (and left as we found them) at the intersection of Broad & Chestnut:

11:38 am
Philadelphia, October 2005: Some Discoveries, part 6
We found three tiles at the junction of 12th & Chestnut. The first looks quite old, again with lettering that looks like it was carved rather than shaped into the tile:

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The second we left covered:

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With the third, again the cover came away very easily, but it was evident it had already suffered damage from traffic in that the blue wording on the right had already broken up. This extra wording varies from tile to tile, but it's usually some kind of instruction on how to lay the tiles, plus occasionally some conspiratorial reference to the Feds:

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