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2008_DC_Toynbee1DC -- Public Art: Stikman Robots
My first encounter with the Stikman Robot characters, this one by the Smithsonian Castle. Originally, I thought they were a clever way to advertise the relatively new National Museum of the American Indian. I thought the head was in the direction of museum and if you looked at the figure horizontally,...
2009_DC_Toynbee2DC -- Public Art: Stikman Robots
Stikman Robot tile near the Mall.
2011_DC_Toynbee17DC -- Public Art: Stikman Robots
These little stick human things keep showing up around town. (Officially, they are called a "Stikman".) I can't find any of the original Toynbee tiles anymore but the modern successors are popular.
2012_DC_Toynbee56DC -- Public Art: Stikman Robots
Including a design I'd never seen before. Almost all of the previous ones had been either white or orange.
2015_DC_Toynbee37DC -- Public Art: Stikman Robots
2016_DC_Toynbee19DC -- Public Art: Stikman Robots
2017_DC_Toynbee9DC -- Public Art: Stikman Robots
2018_DC_Toynbee12DC -- Public Art: Stikman Robots
Regular Stikman Robots but also a stikman carrying a money bag outside of the National Museum of American History and a peace symbol.
2019_DC_Toynbee38DC -- Public Art: Stikman Robots
Stikman Robots including one on a signbox near the National Archives.
2020_08_17A2_Toynbee2DC -- Public Art: Stikman Robots
2020_09_23B2_Toynbee2DC -- Public Art: Stikman Robots (Partially reviewed)
2006_DC_Toynbee3DC -- Public Art: Toynbee tiles
Two tiles.
(1) This one was photographed at the intersection of 15th and F, NW.
(2) This one, a color one, was right near the Temperance Fountain by the National Archives building. I just happened to run across it which was pretty cool!
"Toynbee Idea
In Movie '2001
Resurrect Dead
on Planet...
2020_10_09A3_Toynbee2DC -- Public Art: Toynbee tiles (Partially reviewed)
2013_DC_Toynbee96DC -- Public Art: Toynbee tiles/Stikman Robots
While the Stikman Robots are now appearing all over the place (there are a lot of photographs of them on this page), I hadn't seen a new Toynbee tile in several years until these two showed up near the National Portrait Gallery / Smithsonian American Art Museum.
2014_DC_Toynbee15DC -- Public Art: Toynbee tiles/Stikman Robots
Including some of the new 2013 vintage Toynbee tiles.
2020_DC_Toynbee18DC -- Public Art: Toynbee tiles/Stikman Robots
Including a new Toynbee tile!
2013_MD_ToynbeeMD9MD -- Baltimore -- Public Art: Toynbee tile/Stikman robots
On a trip to Baltimore, I ran into a number of Stikman Robots (including some vertical ones instead of ones put on the pavement) but I also ran into the remains of one of the original Toynbee tiles.
2009_NY_ToynbeeNYC1NY -- NYC -- Public Art: Stikman Robot
Until now, I had thought that the Stikman Robot characters were only in DC but I ran into this one on Fifth Avenue near Central Park, New York City. They are also apparently in a variety of states around the country.

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2016_NY_ToynbeeNYC13NY -- NYC -- Public Art: Toynbee tiles
Including vintage Toynbee Tiles near Herald Square.
2019_NY_ToynbeeNYC10NY -- NYC -- Public Art: Toynbee tiles
2018_NY_ToynbeeNYC12NY -- NYC -- Public Art: Toynbee tiles/Sticman Robots/something else
New York City still has a number of vintage Toynbee Tiles, as well as the newer Stikman Robots. This time I also saw some more abstract figure which I had never seen before.
2013_PA_ToynbeePA1PA -- Philadelphia -- Public Art: Peace symbol on the street
Peace symbol applied basically the same way the Toynbee tiles and Stikman Robots were done.
2017_TN_ToynbeeTN2TN -- Knoxville -- Public Art: Stikman Robots
Found a Stickman Robot across the Knoxville Museum of Art!
2020_VA_ToynbeeVA3VA -- Richmond -- Public Art: Toynbee tiles/Stikman Robots
These were both seen across from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

What's hot: The following pages have been the most popular ones over the last month or so:
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2020_09_18H2_Ginsburg85DC -- Supreme Court Building -- Event: Crowd honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Friday) (Partially reviewed)
2020_DC_Lincoln_Protest_200626193DC -- Capitol Hill -- Lincoln Park -- BLM Protest
This was an interesting example of two competing events in the same place. The event I came to attend was this one: Join the Rally and Teach-In for Lincoln Park In a demonstration of solidarity and recognition of the history of Lincoln Park in Washington, D.C. members of the local, regional and nat...
2020_10_09C1_Floyd_Protest_FP_SI54DC -- Protest: George Floyd -- Placards/Signs: Lafayette Square fence -- Sue Israel murals (Partially reviewed)
2020_09_20C1_Ginsburg355DC -- Supreme Court Building -- Event: Crowd honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Sunday) (Partially reviewed)
2020_09_25B1_Kowsar5Personal -- Nik Kowsar and his wife on the Mall
We can into each other waiting for the 75th anniversary "Arsenal of Democracy" flyover which was cancelled due to rain. (Partially reviewed)

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