Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Lego imitates life

Jakarta's glossy shopping malls go out all out with their Christmas displays. Senayan City's takes the form of a gigantic Lego metropolis, with skyscrapers, a helipad, parks, and a working monorail (the latter two signaling that this is not meant to be a literal Jakarta).

The fascinating but somewhat appalling part is the Lego plane crash, complete with rescue boats pulling survivors from the water. This, almost exactly a year after an Adam Air plane went down in the sea off Sulawesi, killing everyone on board.

Is it a joke? A political commentary? A memorial? Can it be all three? Whatever the context, the plane crash draws the biggest crowds.

1 comment:

Shelley said...

Humour! In that most humourless of places, the Indonesian megamall! Christmas wonders never cease.