Do Not Sit
I know that in all likelihood, this chair is broken in some way… and the sign is a warning, an attempt to prevent injury.
But seeing it, I couldn’t help thinking it was some kind of test. I imagined one of these scenes in fairy tales, where children walk by a bowl of candy and a note, imploring them not to eat any.
The sign looked like a dare. And made me think “You’re not the boss of me. I’ll sit where I want!”
I also had the brief thought that this was some random, errant art installation – mostly due to me seeing the Max Lamb: Exercises in Seating exhibit at the Art Institute.
I was chuckling a lot to myself, as I was here looking at this.
There were a few folks in an open office nearby – probably wondering what that strange guy was doing, standing alone, laughing to himself, and wondering why he was taking a picture of a broken chair. This town is full of weirdos.