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Monumental: The Reimagined World of Kevin O'Callaghan Hardcover – October 1, 2010
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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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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.
***LOOK AT SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking 'customer images' under the cover.