The Protractor Map: The end, for now

If you’ve come here looking for more information about the protractors, I’m sorry to say I took the postings down this morning. The protractors initially caught my interest because searching for them felt like stumbling onto a charming citywide mystery.

But I have no interest in getting anyone in trouble. So the project is on pause for now, at least publicly. I imagine I’ll still compile the list away from the glare of the Internet.

That said, if you’re interested in the protractors, do yourself a favor: Go look for them. In the process, you’ll discover that we live in a special city, full of back alleys and secret passageways, theatrical vistas and hidden nooks, and anonymous people making beautiful things for everyone to enjoy — treasures that can only be enjoyed on foot (or on bike).

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11 Responses to The Protractor Map: The end, for now

  1. Megan says:

    I think this is the best thing you could do. But I was sorry to see it go that way. I suppose this latest development is also a comment on the world we live in.

  2. chinston says:

    What could cause anyone to get in trouble? Is the city treating this as a kind of vandalism?

  3. Corey W. says:

    Well said, my friend. It’s a shame the charm and mystery was spun away by the Trib. You’re right, though, it doesn’t effect one’s ability to go out there and find them (and the city, too).

  4. chinston says:

    Ah. Got it.

  5. sadie says:

    i’m sorry about this.

  6. D.J. Coffman says:

    Darn! I hope you put the map back up. It would be great to have for a walkabout. Or to maybe uncover if they point to hidden treasure ;)

  7. M says:

    Well that’s lovely for those of you living there. For those of us curious around the world and unable to afford a visit it’s no help whatsoever. Enjoy your secret mystery, jerks.

  8. Ron Hyatt says:

    OMG Turrorists!

  9. ry says:

    maybe ist a silent protest for the civic arena….a 2 dimensional pic of the arena looks like a protractor

  10. Yahoooligan says:

    too bad. i’m near the west coast and found it interesting. Hooray for civil pranksterism!

  11. cowpunkmom says:

    Anarchistic art/graffiti/whatever you want to call it…is at it’s best when it causes a sense of mystery and wonder. “Why is that there”? “What does it mean?” People do NOT ask these questions enough in their ordinary lives. All it takes is an ordinary familiar object placed in an unusual place or way, and the mind begins to open to new possibilities. Kudos to whoever is doing this!

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