Revs and Peak in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Metal Sculpture by Revs
I’ve been a fan of Revs’ work for awhile. He started in the 80s and has been an influential figure in the graffiti world. From his roller letters and subway tunnel journal pieces to his graffiti sculptures, his work always stands out. Although I like the variety of styles and media he uses, I think his sculptures are some of his most interesting work. I really like the idea of sculptures as graffiti, as well as the way he has turned the letters of his name into 3D objects.
The CBS Cafeteria Wall a.k.a. the Gastrotypographicalassemblage
Last summer at TypeCon I saw a presentation on the CBS Wall (a.k.a. that word in the post title). It was a decorated cafeteria wall in the New York CBS building, made mostle of wood type spelling out a variety of culinary words. The words appeared in many different sizes and styles of type. It was a unique piece of design that I feel still has a major impact even in the surviving photographs of it. Unfortunately it was removed in the early 90s and essentially thrown away. Luckily, The Center for Design Study in Atlanta is currently working on restoring the wall, as it is an important piece of design history. This article describes the wall’s history, and the recent efforts to restore it.
It is interesting that both graffiti and typography/graphic design as cultures suffer from a lack of preservation, and perhaps value, for their histories.
NYC wants to ban security gates that often serve as a canvas for graffiti.
It seems New York City has decided to phase out those metal roll-down security gates, that many stores use at night, by 2026. Apparently the main reason for this is because they attract graffiti. Here’s an article about the decision:
and one featuring some ideas on how to decorate the gates instead: