Boston, MA– Most depictions of a post-apocalyptic world contain everyday objects that are overtaken by the natural elements. Plants reclaim their territory. In post-apocalyptic greenery, there is one typical common denominator among the overgrown elements: ivy. Like something out of Life After People or even Avengers: Endgame. Even in our pre-apocalyptic world, ivy-festooned walls and buildings are not out of the ordinary. Urban and residential landscapers are popularizing green walls, an eye-catching and unconventional approach to building facades.
Take, for example, the walls in the outfield at Wrigley Field, the home ballpark of the Chicago Cubs. One of the oldest sports stadiums, the iconic sight that leaves many visitors with brand new profile pictures on Facebook is the ivy wall. There are even examples of this around New England, like the house on the strip of Long Sands Beach in York, Maine that is entirely covered in ivy. This house has become a must-see in the small beach community at the southern tip of the state.
Another example of nature popping up in unexpected places was recently spotted in the Boston area.
Thanks to Reddit user, u/crm115, this temporary bench display will be forever preserved, even after the dead flowers are blown away. While this public work of art was clearly man-made, there is much to ponder about the artist's message about our relationship to wild flowers. Do we crush flowers with our butts, metaphorically speaking? Or do wild flowers offers us generous lumbar support, only to be crushed by their efforts to raise us up? We may never know.
The bench was found along the Charles River in Cambridge, between Western Avenue and Memorial Drive. Whatever the message, it is a pretty cute thing to stumble across, though sitting on it is not recommended. Flower juice can stain. Also, if you're hoping to view this bench in person, you may need to recreate it yourself with whatever local flora is available. Three days since it was first spotted, these flowers are long-dead now.