umbrellas
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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3. The Dream of Universal Free Umbrellas


Imagine a world where, in front of every house and store and school and office building, there stood a bucket of free, unbreakable umbrellas. Should the clouds roll in and the first plops of rain splatter on your head of carefully negotiated hair, you—and everyone else in the world—could simply grab one these sturdy, protective items, open it and relax on the way to your job interview or first date. Should the sun peek out two hours later, you could drop off said umbrella in the nearest available bucket—and walk on. The reason why you must have faith? Similar programs have been done with bicycles to great success. Both items have spokes...that's all I'm saying.

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