Brooklyn-based Stephen Shaheen has taken a whopping 5,000 New York City MetroCards and turned them into a life-sized, “put it here while you wait ‘til pigs fly before catching the C train” bench. Shaheen designed the furniture for a recent exhibit on MetroCard art and amassed the cards by posting an ad — “$$ for old Metrocards! Fast cash…” — in the “Etc.” section of Craigslist.
The response? Holy moly hot. He gathered all the cards he needed in less than a week. One woman even worked with her family to collect more than 2,000 cards for Shaheen in just days. And we thought no one actually read “Etc.”
“When I heard about the exhibit, I saw it as an opportunity to challenge myself to do something which at the outset seemed absurd,” Shaheen tells Co.Design: “to make a sculptural seat out of these thin pieces of plastic that a person could actually rest on.”
MAYHEM ON CRAIGSLIST. HIDE YOUR WIFE, HIDE YOUR KIDS. (Ugh, sorry for the meme, but it is SO fitting.) Are your kids safe if they use Craigslist? Maybe!
All in all, the report, which is hilariously titled “Crime and Craigslist: A Sad Tale of Murders and More,” discovered 330 crimes related to Craigslist in the past year—a figure researchers called “staggering.”
A spokesperson for Craigslist appropriately took a different perspective. “[It’s] probably worth considering we had over 573 million postings on Craigslist last year in North America,” the spokesperson said. “What are the odds?”
The odds, you ask? On average, around 0.00005% of posts are associated with crimes on Craigslist—not that you would get that impression from Oodle’s report, which is filled with innuendo and exaggerated implications. So the report will acknowledge that Craigslist has no control over its users—before launching into a 50-page listing of rapes, murders, and assaults occurring because of Craigslist. Its wink-wink research, intended to foster an atmosphere of doom and gloom around the service. “It’s important to emphasize that Craigslist has no control over the actions of its users,” the report reads. “Even so, the number, volume and scope of the incidents speak for themselves.”
So yeah, you can get killed if you use Craigslist, but you can get killed if you insult Tom Brady in a Boston bar. It’s a tough world out there.