Plaque to the Future creator, Lily Goodspeed, is dedicated to democratizing time and memory, but she does so in a way that’s smaller than you might imagine. For this issue of APIARY we teamed up with Lily to collect and scatter sticker-sized plaques around the city to showcase the stories of everyday Philadelphians. Location-based happenstance and tall-tales combine with guerilla artwork to reveal how memories born in particular spaces can overlap, contradict, and surprise us. Thank you Lily for making this collaboration happen! See the complete collection of plaques in APIARY X this September. Support the production of the issue here.
APIARY: What inspired you to start P2TF?
P2TF: I was originally inspired by all my bad dates in 2016 through 2018! I was walking along Passyunk Avenue, and I realized that multiple bars and cafes had indelibly connected to mortifying Tinder anecdotes. It was embarrassing but immediately made me wonder what other memories Philadelphians linked to the same places. Once I connected that concept with visual vocabulary of the plaques, it just took off.
APIARY: Describe your editorial process and what you love about the chosen plaques.
APIARY: How do you hope Philadelphians engage with the plaques? What do you want viewers to walk away with having discovered one?
P2TF: A city is an "imagined community" of sorts... It's more than the physical spaces or the city government or even the people themselves. That unspoken pulse is always there, but sometimes it's hard to connect to that invisible net of connections and history. So I hope that the plaques help people feel both small and large -- small little pieces of the puzzle and large contributors to the (ideally) democratic space of memory.
Safe Haven by Cynthia A.: 3rd/Bainbridge
Bag O Beans by Davon C.: Spring Garden MFL Station
Spitting Bars by Davon C.: Rittenhouse Square
Wing Night by Shelby F.: 11th/Walnut
Welcome to Philly by Zoe D.: 4th/Pine
Who’s That?! by Carolyn C.: 49th/Greenway
Smiley by Nicole C: 18th/Diamond