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Tony Brook, Adrian Shaughnessy (Eds.)

Unit Editions, 2010
320 pages
Fully illustrated, colour
ISBN: 9780956207111

Supergraphics chronicles the early days of the Supergraphics movement, and looks at work by leading contemporary practitioners.

Supergraphics was the name of an architectural movement in the 1960s and 70s that saw architects attempt to 'remove solidity, gravity, even history' by the simple act of applying paint and graphics to the interior and exterior surfaces of buildings.

Today, the term Supergraphics is applied to any mega-scale graphics, usually in an environmental and commercial setting. It is more commonly referred to as Environmental Design or Environmental Graphics. And while not much of this contemporary work retains a formal link with its ideological origins in architectural history, there is however, as this book demonstrates, large scale work being produced all over the world that has the aesthetic heft and visual daring to match the best of 1960s Supergraphics.

The book concludes with a glimpse into the future by analysing the work of a new generation of digital artists and tech-savvy architects who are de-materializing buildings with the aid of computer technology, and in so doing, keeping alive the original utopian intentions of the pioneers of Supergraphics.


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