Wednesday, December 27, 2006

a realm for the senses...

flight1

flight2

flight3

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flight4

these are some of my favorite printed pages of all time. they are from a booklet entitled the realm of flight, "published by the federal aviation agency and presenting practical information about weather in relation to the piloting of an aircraft"... no date but probably early 1950's.

rather than wax poetically about their artistic merits, or feebly attempt to discuss their technical meanings; i'll just say that they mostly refer to air currents and airplanes, in a visual language that clearly represents the golden age of scientific illustration... these exist in the netherworlds between concrete visualizations of abstract ideas, and abstract visualizations of concrete ideas... they are really so much more than they were ever meant to be...

1 Comments:

Anonymous janemaraid said...

Stunning. I love that they are stylized but aged very gracefully.

10:44 AM  

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