COVID-19 time capsule showcases dynamic moments from 2020

“That image I chose is the sort of ‘how would you like to pay?’ sign you’d see at any retail store or restaurant. But instead of having just the Visa, Mastercard, or Amex, it also has a roll of toilet paper,” said Bill Maurer, professor of anthropology and law at UC Irvine and another curator for the time capsule. “It really spoke to things like the concerns over hoarding that were taking place early on the pandemic, particularly around toilet paper. But, then, also that broader philosophical question, when you’re in a global pandemic and there is an economic shutdown, what really is valuable anymore?”