The spinning cubical Alamo sculpture at Astor Place has been cozily wrapped by Caltech minions. While not as festive as Olek’s, this intervention got me giddy: The California Institute of Technology has a storied history of pranks. The hope was that this is some sort of a Trojan Horse in an epic nerdy rivalry battle or perchance, a sciency riddle challenge, an academic “sword in the stone” if you will. Nah, it’s a Portal gaming thing, apparently.
Womp womp. Unless, of course, it’s deeper than it appears. Context? Theories? Anyone?
According to the official letter claiming responsibility for the “prank,” this is a very harmless case of urban intervention and the cube can be “euthanized” with a simple slicing off of its tethers. Anywho, it’s no hacked Hollywood sign à la Caltech circa 2003.