Monday, April 26, 2010

Flat Souvenir Buildings

With just a length and height, some souvenir replicas are missing that third dimension - width. It baffles me why a manufacturer would settle for just a thin version and not reproduce an entire structure. Are they trying to fashion the buildings after supermodels? Was the building gazing into one of those fun house mirrors which make you appear razor thin? Sometimes just the facade is represented, while other miniature buildings are squished. You've all seen the very common flattened version of the U.S. Capital. The Disney Concert Hall gift shop sells a 2-D pewter version of its building. A miniature facade of The Torre de Belem in Lisbon, Portugal measures 2.5" x 5.25“ x 5" tall. The Milwaukee Art museum also produced thin souvenir replica paperweight of its building which is available on the museum's website for $28. Most replicas of The Sagrada Familia (Gaudy Cathedral) are of just the main towers and nothing behind them. What do you think of these 2-D replicas? Do you know of other 'flat' souvenirs that just are quite all there?

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