Toward More Livable Cities

A 300-group coalition seeks ways to preserve human qualities

At first glance it looks like an ordinary, woman's handbag, just waiting to be lifted. But as thousands of pokers, prodders and pullers have discovered, it is not. It is made of bronze and, for the past three years, has been firmly bolted to its base, a bus-stop bench.

The bag is actually a sculpture by Realist Mags Harries. It is only one of a scattering of Harries' bronzes—a stuffed shopping bag abandoned by a phone booth, a half-eaten lunch left on...

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