We’re in the lobby of the regional office of the county’s fire department and I am stunned by the spectacular fiery images that grace the entry wall.
There are 4 gigantic photos – each about 6 feet tall by 6 feet wide – and each portrays a terrifying blaze.
But here’s the thing.
There are no firefighters in the photos.
No one is putting these fires OUT.
These are just huge photos of unabated, unrestrained, WILD fires.
Houses, hillsides, forests, shopping centers – all ON FIRE.
I look at the fire officer as she continues discussing the fire access roads for the site plan – and she appears unfazed by the bizarre imagery behind her. Other fire officials walk around, talking to other visitors – and no one seems at all disturbed by the photos.
Surely they have some nice pictures of firefighters dousing fires — saving trapped children — spraying flames with enormous blasts of water? Wouldn’t that be more appropriate imagery to show in the lobby of the fire department’s regional center?
Or are they trying to convey the message: “Hey, look at these terrifying ferocious fires! If it weren’t for us, these fires would scorch the earth and you along with it! Mooh-whahahaha!”
I mean, these huge photos of raging fires would be like showing giant photos of criminals committing crimes at the police station.
Not cops handcuffing criminals. Or arresting them.
Just big photos of criminals robbing banks, selling drugs, stabbing people.
Unabated, unrestrained, WILD criminals. Committing crime with impunity! Such abandon!
Here again – the subliminal message would be – “You are in the police station – look at these terrifying photos – if not for us, these criminals would rage across the country, annihilating everything in their path, including you! Mooh-whahahaha!”
The fire officer tries to call my attention to the fuel modification plan for the slopes, but I am still thinking about this unusual visual tactic, which is basically: “Behold the Calamities We Tame!”
Would the lobby of an accounting firm feature 6-foot tall photos of incorrect spreadsheets?
Would the reception area of a beauty salon show 6-foot tall photos of supremely hideous people?
If not for us…. Mooh-whahahaha…. indeed!
— Darcy Perdu
(Do YOU think that’s a bit odd to show photos of raging fires in the lobby of the fire division? Notice anything odd about businesses or shops that you visit? Ever dated a fireman? That last question is not exactly “on topic,” but the answer is sure to be interesting, so – DO tell! Share in the Comments below!)