Inauthentic Places

This site is a scrap-book of inauthenticity in place.

Authentic places (if they exist) are those which really are what they appear to be. (Please let me know if you find one). Inauthentic places are those which pretend to be something else.

Take the Parthenon, for example. You probably know the one built in Athens. But did you know that there is a better one in Nashville Tennessee? Everyone has heard of the leaning tower of Pisa, but have you ever visited the leaning tower of Niles, Illinois?

Once, not so long ago, the humble inukshuk was confined to the cultural landscape of the Canadian high arctic. Now they are turning up everywhere.

Here is a mixture of inauthentic places and place-references.

Imaginary Inauthentic Places Canadian illustrator Bruce McCall has invented some quite wonderful inauthentic places. None of them is real, except in spirit.