Lyles are two-dimensional wooden smiling monsters. Some are solitary, but most prefer to move in herds from 10-50 and can grow from inches up to 8ft tall. Wherever they go they tend to make people smile and feel a bit better about the world.

I began making Lyles in 2015, initially just because I found them so sympathetic. Originally conceiving Lyle as a friend, I saw him as a Panglossian companion (Dr. Pangloss was Candide’s teacher (Voltaire), who was optimistic regardless of the circumstances).

These days Lyle hasn’t changed, but the world seems to be mutating at a dizzying rate. Now he serves as more than a watcher, still smiling but no longer passive. Lyle is a guardian of humanity - here to remind us that decency still exists, but needs to be protected.

So far I have made just over 500 Lyles, and they are happily spotted all over the world. You can track the sightings on my website as well as on Instagram.

More info: lylesightings.com | Instagram | Instagram

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#lylesighting - Unique La - Losa Angeles

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#lylesighting - Chrissy Fields, San Francisco

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#lylesighting - Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Ca

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#lylesighting - Hype Park Corner Tube Station - London

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#lylesighting - Venice

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#lylesighting - Morocco

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#lylesighting - Santorini

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#lylesighting - Golden Gate Bridge

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#lylesighting - Kalahari, Botswana

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#lylesighting - Marin, Ca

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