In classic architecture, they used heads of kings and gargoyles to use as an ornament to signify when that building was built. Architect Changiz Tehrani asked himself what recognizable icons from the 21st century could we use to replace gargoyles and kings so in 10 or 20 years you can say ‘hey this is from that year!’” The answer was obvious: emojis.
So Tehrani cast 22 emojis in concrete and used them to decorate a building in the Dutch city of Amersfoort. Not quite the dramatic effect of gargoyles, but it's certainly a different take on an older tradition.
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via Design You Trust