About this project
UPDATE: Stretch goal! Let's surpass $60,000 and I'll include a behind-the-scenes booklet for every backer at $80 or more.
Hello there! My name is Cameron, and I re-imagine buildings and structures as if designed entirely with type, such as the Roman Colosseum and the Salt Lake Temple. These are sold as letterpress printed posters, and I've been fortunate to ship hundreds of copies to friends in more than 30 countries.
Three years ago, I convinced myself to visit Brooklyn for the first time to study one of the world's most stunning bridges. I immediately fell in love.
Trust me, I didn't intend for this project to take three years. But I don't re-imagine structures without an intense amount of research. Several trips to the bridge for photography and filming. A thorough reading of David McCulloch's "The Great Bridge", a 562-page tome on the history of the bridge and the major players of the period. An exhaustive search for typefaces that were designed or in use during its construction from 1869 to 1883. And so forth.
At last, I settled on the following photo, which allowed me to capture the entire bridge while showing the beautiful details of the stone, wire, and Gothic arches:
The completed piece will be letterpress printed by Bryce Knudson of Bjørn Press in Provo, Utah, United States. And that's where you come in.
Assuming we can pull it off, because everything fits so tightly, the artwork will be printed with two colors instead of one. Bryce has printed my first two pieces, and if anyone can pull it off, it's Bryce. He's as nuts about details as I am.
The final artwork will be 24"×16", printed on Crane Lettra Pearl.
Press colors for this piece will be carefully selected to match the granite and limestone used to construct the bridge. Yeah, I actually took a Pantone book on the bridge to get color samples. Crazy, right?
The artwork is designed in Illustrator, and it's incredibly tedious. Some sections can be copied and pasted, but 70-80% of the characters you see in the artwork are positioned, sized, and rotated one by one. I generally can do only an hour at a time, as my eyes (and brain) go bonkers if I stretch it out any longer.
Here's a screencast of me at work, sped up rapidly:
Here are a few close-ups from the artwork:
And, because people often ask if I hide things in the artwork, I've hidden a metric ton of stuff in this one:
Back this project at $80 or more and you'll receive one of the first copies of this limited-edition artwork. Only 1,500 copies will be printed.
Your copy of this artwork is protected with a 1mm polyethylene bag, rolled, and shipped in a 6"×24" heavy-duty Kraft tube. Please note: If your order is shipping to Europe, especially the UK, you may be required to pay customs fees to retrieve your poster.
For those who aren't prepared to purchase a poster just yet, please consider backing this project at the $10 level. I'll send you a thank you card printed on the same paper as the poster, individually signed.
In a nutshell, letterpress-printed pieces are a thing of beauty. The artwork is transferred to a polymer (or metal) plate, and the paper is pressed into the inked plate. The texture is palpable, as seen in my Salt Lake Temple artwork:
Will it arrive in time for Christmas?
That's my hope, and I think it's very possible if the project is successfully funded.
Danke. Honestly. This has been a wonderful journey, albeit arduous at times. Your appreciation of this artwork means everything to me.
Risks and challenges
Because I've not yet done a two-color piece, it is unknown how the press will react to the tight registration of the artwork. However, I've consulted with Bryce Knudson (printer) on a couple occasions, and we both feel it's very feasible.
Some backers, such as those in the UK, may have to pay customs fees to retrieve their reward. (For shipments of my previous two pieces, UK customers have reported customs fees as high as £30–40 in some cases.)
Beyond that, the only other risk inherent in backing this project is possibly falling in complete love with the bridge, and subsequently booking an expensive trip to New York.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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