Monday, February 9, 2009

Abandoned Cars and Horses

Littering the desert landscape around Dubai International Airport are over three thousand abandoned luxury cars. Their owners have driven to the airport and left their mounting consumer debts and car loans behind. European and South Asian expats are ditching their former luxury lifestyles, as jobs in investment banking, retail, and services are drying up.

I wonder if in past recessions people drove their horse-drawn carriages to the seaport and left them there as they boarded ships to abandon their woes. Hundreds of horses, stomping and whinnying in the wind. Waiting for a coachman, waiting for a piece of carrot, waiting for a winding road.

The picture is a cover of an interesting and strange graphic novel by Tim Lane.

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