Berlin: Thanks for the Flowers

Posted on May 1, 2006

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by michael scott moore

Not long ago the Swiss fashion chain Telly Weijl mounted an ad campaign called "Totally Sexy," which included massive billboards of a mouth-breathing model sitting in a big pink bunny’s lap. Yes, I know. It’s creepy. This one overlooked Danzigerstrasse for a day or two until someone cut holes in the model’s forehead, the model’s crotch, and the bunny’s forehead. Each wound bled red paint. For a day or two it looked to Berlin commuters as though someone had failed to pay up a Russian mobster’s ransom on the bunny.

Then flowers appeared where the wounds had been, along with a banner along the top: "Vielen Dank für die Blumen." Thanks for the flowers.

I don’t know what to think. Is that poetic? Quick thinking? Or just as creepy as the Easter bunny and his chick?

After another day or two the whole thing was gone.

Posted in: berlin, urban living