Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Art and Industry

We all know about the influence that industrialisation and mechanisation had on visual art in the twentieth century, (the Futurists, Leger etc) but imagine if it went the other way.  Here are some cracking examples of industrial installations looking a lot like gallery pieces.  Or "a cyberman's tanning salon", as my son reckons for the top one.

From 'Factory Installation Work' by A.J. Coker.  Published by Newnes, 1945.

More pics at Boring Old Books

Monday, 2 March 2015

Colour Advisory Service

"Take Crown.  Take papers and paints to fit your every mood.  Pretty flowery papers for that cheerful, sunny feeling, swirling patterns and neat geometrics for your madly modern moments; paints to team and tone, mix and match or clash cleverly with each other."

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Children's University: Concrete

Pre-cast concrete cruciforms!

The Windmill Press, 1972.  Text and illustrations by Heinz Kurth.

"The author wishes to thank Mr D. Palmer of the Cement & Concrete Association for reading the manuscript, the library of the association for supplying reference material for many illustrations and Portcrete Ltd for contributing material on pre-cast concrete structures."