Well, it took me a while, but it’s been kinda busy. I’ve been teaching my Extension School letterpress class at Harvard, printing editions, working the day job, and slowly assembling a letterpress cooperative. But last night I finally rendered the icosacomposite videos! I was hoping for three, but I only got footage for two. One is where the hike and bike trail ascends from Cesar Chavez St to the Lamar St pedestrian bridge, and features the former Seaholm powerplant with its iconographic “City of Austin” art deco lettering, joggers, traffic, cranes, and plenty of construction noise. The other is at the corner of 24th and Guadelupe, the heart of The Drag at the University of Texas, during the rush to get to the first class of the day. Enjoy!
Jut a quick blurb, last week I was in Austin visiting the folks, and took the opportunity to shoot two icosacomposites. The first hopefully will blend construction, traffic and jogging as some quintessential Austin movements for this particular era; the second caught crowds of students on their way to 9:30 class at the University of Texas. I haven’t processed the videos yet, but here are some shots of the process.
Back in 2006/2007 I did a series of prints based on cell towers that looked pleasing to me–usually with a triskelion arrangement, not a triangle of girders, which for some had a lyrical quality, kind of like a tree. One of the best ones was this particular tower, photographed in 2006, called “Cell Tower 05” because it was the fifth tower I cut from copper and printed. I later converted the digital photograph into an Illustrator drawing, in case I wanted to have it cut from plastic or metal in a size larger than I could do by hand:
Well, recently I got a current photo of the same tower, and re-created the artwork to reflect changes to the tower. Here is the new silhouette:
If you’re in Austin, and are curious to see the original, it’s right here (click to embiggen):