JANUARY 21, 2010
This is a poster that I recently completed for Public Works, a sort of umbrella organization encompassing just about every discipline necessary to keep our world humming along. I got the call from Jon Dilley, the creative director, super easy to work with, just a few important revisions and I was on my way. I was given a list in the beginning, a long list, of what needed to be included, things like snow removal, tree trimming, sewage treatment, etc. Nobody could be left out. A great assignment for me as I have always had this interest and fascination with what we rely on in a civilized world, and how very fragile it all is. For example, the water mains were bursting in Baltimore just about every day during the recent deep freeze and we have blackouts quite regularly as we are no doubt using some outdated relay station or some such. The idea that my son charges his i-pod with power from miles away and powered by coal, a very old and dirty technology, seems so very odd. Coal fired i-pod. Last night I was watching a documentary on the infrastrusture of NYC, something I could just sit and think about forever, it really is hard to comprehend what lies beneath the streets there.
Jon does this poster every year and sent me a few samples of past editions, among which was Doug Fraser, a dynamite piece, a tough act to follow, hope he doesn't mind me sharing. There were other great examples including Gordon Studer.
BTW-The printing job was phenomenal, opened the package and it just blew me away.
My five year old assistant helping me find a place to sign as I need to sign 50 prints. He's adding his own personal embellishments.