>Shine Your Light on Me

>If you look at it just right, the universal radiation warning symbol looks a bit like an angel.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the nature of preservation/conservation, and what a really difficult undertaking it is to decide what is worth saving for posterity in its original form and what is not. Pulp novels are one thing that were universally considered garbage that people are having a renewed interest in, certainly not so much because of the content, but the gorgeous, lurid artwork, the cracked yellow pages, the smell of stale cigarettes and countless cups of coffee imbued in the paper. Somewhat tangentially I’m always interested in symbols and how they change meaning over time. My friend pointed me to this really interesting post about how to make symbols telling people ten thousand years from now, hey, there’s some radioactive shit buried in this mountain, you might not want to come near it, ever.

Here’s what a government panel decided are the meanings they need to convey through a symbol:
*This place is a message… and part of a system of messages… pay attention to it!
*Sending this message was important to us. We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture.

*This place is not a place of honor…no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here… nothing valued is here.
*What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us.
*This message is a warning about danger. The danger is in a particular location… it increases toward a center… the center of danger is here… of a particular size and shape, and below us.
*The danger is still present, in your time, as it was in ours.
*The danger is to the body, and it can kill.
*The form of the danger is an emanation of energy.
*The danger is unleashed only if you substantially disturb this place physically.
*This place is best shunned and left uninhabited.

Wow, that’s heavy, Ogre. Here’s my submission:

I think nothing says, “Stay the hell away from here” like this giant sign riveted to a mountain.

What symbol would you come up with? Feel free to be funny and/or offensive. (also read the comments on that post, some are funny and some are actually thought-provoking)

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