Lead Pencil Studio, lead by Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo (who live in this house, stalkers) recently completed the above project Non-Sign II. The project was commissioned by the US government and is situated along the US-Canada border. I came across the project here, where Jen Graves describes the project’s inspiration as follows:
“They noticed the way the area is packed with signs—advertising billboards, and then, closer to the border, a proliferation of government signs. Their hope is that their sign, flying by enigmatically (“What was that?”), will add a little bit of awareness to the whole signage landscape in the border zone. Just open up a free space, really. How very American. The empty rectangle frames only a view of sky as you drive by, nothing else.”
It’s a sky that looks ominous in the renderings… welcome to America?
I am more than happy to admit that I love German publishing company Taschen. I love that they send me a fabulous glossy catalogue twice a year, that they have a book dedicated to “krazy kid’s food” and that they have brought tasteful, yet smutty, erotica into mainstream bookstores. I also happen to love that their booth for the recent Frankfurt Book Fair was designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. You really have to marvel at his use of wood. Ha – now that is a pun that I think Benedikt Taschen would appreciate. On a serious note, Ban’s structure, which was inspired by the new Centre Pompidou-Metz, is a beautiful play on space and material.
The photos above by Jim Green are yet again the findings of random searches and travelling down many rabbit holes. Mr. Green is a London based photographer taking interesting photos around the world. He has a great eye for details, be it patterns or shapes, and I spent a good chunk of time looking through his work. You can visit his main site by clicking the link above or visit his Flickr for more photographic goodness.
It’s always nice to see friends doing good work and this recent work by Gavin Potenza is a great example. He created these amazing illustrations for a set of banners that will be displayed around Oregon State University, a place I had a chance to visit while I visited a few months back. It’s an amazing and beautiful campus and I think these banners will do nothing but make the area even better looking. It seems like banners like these are often overlooked so it’s nice to see that someone thought to have someone talented like Gavin come in and work on them.
Scottish illustrator Lizzy Stewart creates curious parallel worlds that often stem from song lyrics and literary sentences. Her portfolio reveals how she takes inspiration from sources as diverse as Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and songs by The National. What writers and lyricists do with words, Stewart does with imagery, each minute detail culminating in moments and characters that add up to an evocative narrative.
Professing to be “a fan of pencils, cardigans and Russian history. And also bears”, these motifs often reoccur in her work. The influence of history is a particularly resonant theme in her illustrations, which often have the aesthetic feel of a beautiful heirloom unearthed from an antique trunk in an attic. To find more heirloom-like treats, take a peek at Stewart’s blog and shop.