Slip-Form Constr. Ltd.

Slip-Form Constr. Ltd.

I discovered this embossing on the sidewalk while walking on Yonge Street one day. I often notice markings with dates underfoot, but I don’t recall seeing a fish before.

If you look carefully, you’ll see some faint characters inscribed in the concrete: “5-9-99” above the fish, and “9M” below. So the exact date is recorded here. I’m surprised they didn’t go as far as recording the hour.

This makes me think of the fossilized remains of animals that paleontologists study eons later. Perhaps someone in the distant future will be puzzling over these marks, trying to imagine our present world.

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