December 20, 2007

“Dead bus shelter” promotes funeral museum

Filed under: Art,Dutch first by Orangemaster @ 11:12 am

A “dead bus shelter” has been buried on Amsterdam’s Museumplein (Museum square) to draw attention to the new Dutch Funeral Museum, which “due to circumstances” opens today. Although there’s frost on the ground today, the advertising people had time to bury something yesterday without damaging the grass permanently (the main reason why events aren’t held there any more).

The sign reads “for now”.

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October 30, 2007

Big mouth to ashes

Filed under: Dutch first,General by Orangemaster @ 11:51 am

You could just blame it on semantics, but you could also agree that by calling your product “indestructible” (Superman comes to mind), they were asking for it. A Dutch businesswoman once said that when the Dutch claim their product to be something, you have to multiply it by three to get its real value. This time, it applies much more to the after-the-fact, save-your-derriere comment.

The municipality of Binnenmaas was very proud of their new ‘vandal-proof’, bus shelters until a group of badazz firestarters burnt all of them down in Maasdam, South Holland. The manufacturer’s comment after the fact was “but anything can be destroyed”. Got Kryptonite?

Follow the link for a nicely framed picture of the ashes.


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