It’s the year 2113. A major museum is running an exhibition on life and culture as it was in 2013. You’re asked to write an introduction for the show’s brochure. What will it say?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us RETROSPCTIVE.
Bicycle Parking, Solothurn Station, Switzerland
These are bicycles, as you all know. Since cars are now almost extinct, due to the exhaustion of gas/petrol supplies, car parks have now been replaced by bicycle parks, usually to be found underground. Admittedly the beauty of a four wheeled vehicle, with all its advantages is missed.
Our exhibition shows a car. There was a time when we inserted a key, even pressed a button, and we were on our way. Map reading was not necessary; we knew where to go thanks to our screen with the built-in route planer. Enter the starting point and where you wanted to go, and just follow the arrows. Those days have now gone, only ten years ago. We now tread on the pedals and follow the street signs. The natural oil resources no longer exist, a result of the last middle east/far east crisis. Blame who you will, but now we have a much cleaner way of travel. It might take longer, but if you can ride a bike, it is cheaper and combined with less stress.
We even had something called a truck/lorry to carry heavy goods also now extinct. View one of the last examples in our museum.
There was a book in 2013, although it was the beginning of the end. Paper sources were running low, remember trees?: of course, but the few remaining forests had to be preserved, and so we now have the electronic book, known as Kindle; the days when the smell of print on paper and the feel of something heavy in your hand are gone. In the museum you can refresh your memory. We have books as exhibits being shown, with pages to turn. We even have a example on show where you are allowed to turn one page.
Come and see our kitchen show, where granny Jones will show you how to fry an egg. Granny Jones is one of the last remaining owners of chickens. Her farm has remained Avian flu free, thanks to the fact that her chickens were always given access to the farm land and never kept in a poultry house. There are even eggs on sale, for the price of $5 dollars each. All proceeds will be contributed to the save the chicken fund.
Enjoy your return journey to 2013, but please remember. You will be searched when leaving the museum as some of our exhibits are unique.
Lock your bikes after parking. These too are now a desirable object in 2113 as tyre raw material is now a rarity. On this occasion we would ask you to see our genuine bike tyre exhibit, upon the entry to the museum.