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Highlands Cork & Coffee Hemingway stop curbs runaway literary devices: Kenny Be's Street Art

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The portrait stenciled onto a car stop next to a five-gallon all-purpose bucket filled with trash in the picture above could easily be read as an analogy, a metaphor or a simile of our times. But first the viewer must determine if the old bearded fellow is Ernest Hemingway, Herman Melville, Karl Marx, Leo Tolstoy or Fidel Castro... To further add to the confusing juxtaposition of elements in the picture above, the wooden stick protruding from the orange bucket to the left is labeled as "TEST HOLE #1." It is unclear if the orange bucket is being identified as an experimental hole or if the wooden stick has been thrown away like the rest of the trashed cups, cans and bottles.

Despite the uncertainty, the portrait of the bearded elder wearing a communist party hat has been stenciled onto the car stop in such a manner to guarantees the geezer's eternal gaze upon capitalism's glut of garbage.

Below, gaze at the detailed portrait and identify the stencil, please... The car stop pictured above is located in a parking lot near Highlands Cork & Coffee, and may inspire a whole new line of author-decorated car stops that help curb the use runaway literary devices in overly caffeinated bloggers.

More from our Kenny Be/Comics archive: "Highland walking tour reveals strange changes: Kenny Be's Big Picture."

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