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Deborah Hussey is an editor and writer who specializes in art-related topics.

 

Steven Heller is a historian and critic of graphic design. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than 130 books on design and popular culture, including Abrams’s Graphic Style and Illustration. His career is intertwined with two great New York institutions, the New York Times (as an art director) and the School of Visual Arts (as program director and teacher).

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810989530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810989535
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,859,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's not often that you'll come across a book that can be opened at any page and be grabbed by what you see. These pages are crammed with student work inspired by Kevin O'Callaghan who teaches 3-D design at New York's School of Visual Arts. His course seems to be a think-outside-the-box approach to design where he gives students cast-off anything and they have to create something new. The results are really quite amazing.

The 120 assault rifles featured in the chapter called 'Disarm' were given to sixty-five students and they came up with, for example: a tricycle; kitchen blender; casual table; baby buggy; teddy bear; violin. Forty students given seventy-five obsolete typewriters in 'The next best...Ding!' created a waffle iron; vacuum cleaner; hot-air hand dryer; miniature ice hockey rink; plate cup and place setting for one and a bubble gum machine amongst other items. All these become more intriguing because there is a time element, both these exercises had to be completed in three weeks.

The book kicks off with probably O'Callaghan's most ambitious and famous exercise: what thirty-two students could do with thirty-nine out-of-time Yugo cars. Twenty-one are featured, mostly still as cars but turned into something else. Perhaps the most flamboyant is James Korpai's New York subway car (pages thirty-six and seven) and has to be seen to be believed.

The book is nicely produced with a few hundred color photos and fortunately presented in a straightforward way because the images are interesting enough without the need for flashy page graphics and as I said earlier you can look at any page and be grabbed by what you'll see.

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A friend recommended "Monumental" to me since he has been a fan of O'Callaghan for years and has seen many of his exhibitions in person. I cant stop looking through this book and I am now a fan as well! There are so many wonderful images and the pages are full of content! Truly innovative, I have never seen any work like this before. Every page is a treasure onto itself, keeping my attention and sparking my imagination, with each page you discover something new and unexpected. The concepts for all of the projects and exhibitions in the book were simply genius and very thoughtful. The book could be enjoyed by a broad audience, not just the seasoned artist. The work inside is approachable and not intimidating but is still brilliant, and beautiful - very rare to find. I will definitely be looking out for his next exhibition. I would recommend this book to just about anybody - It motivated me, made me think, and even made me laugh!
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WOW...I have heard so many wonderful things about Kevin through the years. They are all true he inspires everyone to think outside the box and leads by example. He is a true creative leader and I hope he keeps this up!!! Thank you for sharing your life and passion with the world...have to go need to get back to the book!
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The projects in this book are amazing - all the parts they used and how they coordinated to get them into shows. I thought it was very interesting and great photos of everything.
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