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2009: The Year of Dinosaur Sales and Architects Gone Bad

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Two pieces of information we’d like to share with you now that might not affect your life in any major meaningful way, but will perhaps shed some light on this economic crisis we’re all in the middle of at the moment. First up, years later when we look back at “Great Depression 2: Electric Depresionloo” perhaps the one thing we’ll remember is how many dinosaurs were sold at museums and galleries in New York to help make ends meet. First there were the fiberglass ones at Long Island’s Vanderbilt Museum and then, most recently, this weekend found the auctioning of a complete (real) dinosaur skeleton, as well as several other ancient skeletons, at the I.M. Chait Gallery, with the hopes of raising some money for the Western Paleontological Laboratories. So while 2008 might have been the year that siphoned underground dinosaur remains became too expensive and limited cross-country road trips, 2009 is quickly turning into the year that dinosaur bones become the dominant form of currency. Second, we share with you this story about the decline of the architecture industry where we see an architect and his partner were forced to kidnap their landlord’s real estate agent and threaten to kill him over rent disputes concerning a restaurant the pair were trying to open. Though, to be fair, that’s a fairly standard practice in the industry, we’re guessing. You just don’t hear about it at the Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry levels, because they probably employ a secret army of strong-arms and the news just doesn’t get out because they’re really, really good at their strong-arming jobs.

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