House of Hades Toynbee Tile Spotted at Ninth and Idaho Streets


Toynbee tiles have been popping up in the middle of roads in major metropolitan cities since the 1980s. The mysterious red, white and blue-lettered street art generally reads: "Toynbee Idea in Kubrick's 2001 Resurrect Dead on Planet Jupiter."

For years, folks have debated the origin and meaning of the tiles, which even inspired their own 2011 documentary, Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles.

Now Toynbee tiles have found their way to Boise. Well, sort of.

On the evening of Nov. 3, Boisean Whitney Rearick spotted the above Toynbee copycat tile at the corner of Ninth and Idaho streets in downtown Boise. The tile reads, "House of Hades One Man Versus American Media in Society 2011."

A cursory Google search indicates that similar copycat Toynbee House of Hades tiles have been spotted in New York City, St. Louis, and even in Boise earlier this year.

But unlike the Stanley Kubrick-themed Toynbee tiles, most of the House of Hades tiles seem to focus on a distaste for media/journalism. The St. Louis tile, for example, reads: "House of Hades tiles made from the ground bones of dead journalists."