You know it’s cold when a previously inaccessible set of sea caves can now be visited by thousands of tourists by walking on the frozen ice. For the first time in five years, the sea caves near the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin can now be accessed – at least for the next few weeks – by foot. In the summer months, visitors usually take a boat to access the caves. In winter, the caves are inaccessible, as Lake Superior is considered unstable and dangerous to walk on.
‘In Wisconsin, where I live, the majority of rural land is utilized for raising cows, either for grazing land, growing food for cattle, or appropriating water for livestock so I started thinking about how to represent this in a graphic form,’ so said Nicolas Lampert of his art series, Meatscapes, which displaces geographical and architectural forms with slabs of meat. Good try, but it’s not going to stop us from going “W… T… F…”.
Tucked away in the small Wisconsin city of Two Rivers is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces, the Hamilton Wood Type Museum’s collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world. Finally getting much deserved attention, the museum was the subject of the documentary, Typeface, and Target also recently utilized the collection for their Vintage Varsity line.
Anyone who was having trouble choosing sides in this year’s showdown between Wisconsin teachers and those who wanted to take away their rights to collectively bargain should be forced to read this. Dray’s book compellingly illuminates the story of the American labor movement, warts and all, and reminds readers both what first necessitated unions and why we still need them today, even though it may be too late.
Jerod Gibson is a graphic designer from Wisconsin. He has created a lovely series of 37 minimalist posters. Each contains a simple silhouette image from a movie or television show and is filled with quotes from it. What a lovely typography idea!
Artist and engineer, Hongtao Zhou, is also furniture designer at the University of Wisconsin, with a particular interest in the issues around ‘sustainability, climate, and culture’. He was commissioned recently by the Milwaukee Art Museum to create an installation of ‘dancing ice furniture‘ for its lawn, but was undermined by the forces of nature. The […]
A lot of horror lies buried in the American landscape, and the nation’s music, since long before the time of Charlie Poole and Leadbelly, has often dealt with themes of death, murder, war, and the occult. It’s funny then that people should be so jarred by bands like Those Poor Bastards, who, drawing from bluegrass […]