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Religious artifact spotted in Shanghai


Sam Roggeveen


15 July 2010 16:06

When I walk past the Apple store in Sydney I regularly see tourists taking photos of it, just as they would the Harbour Bridge or Opera House. It's not too surprising; the reverence and loyalty which consumers show toward the Apple brand is legendary.

But when I spotted photos of Apple's store in Shanghai, it did seem to suggest that this relationship was being taken to a whole new level. For what does this store entrance resemble other than a minimalist open air temple, with the object of worship lit ethereally at its centre?

Asia has no common religion, language or culture holding it together. But perhaps, as Malcolm Cook observed, consumerism is one common theme.

Photo by Flickr user Photo Giddy, used under a Creative Commons license.