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#FFF Fun Fact Friday

Fun facts of the week! Some interesting facts -and maybe some gossips- about architecture and design. You can keep learning some inspiring stuff during your coffee break and then make a little bit show off with them in your conversations. Now, if you've grabbed your coffee...

Did you know? LOVE was first a Christmas card.

The four red-block letters, two over two, the O tilted, the background in squares of deep blue and green… Few sculptures have captured hearts quite like Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE series.

These sculptures add a Pop Art touch to their surroundings, from bustling city corners to busy college campuses. Though aesthetically simple and seemingly straightforward, the LOVE series actually boasts unexpected undertones—and a surprisingly heart-wrenching history.

While the first LOVE sculpture was crafted in 1970, the origins of its design can be traced back to six years earlier, when the Museum of Modern Art in New York City commissioned Indiana to create a Christmas card.

Did you know? Statue of Liberty was modeled after an actual person.

French Architect, Frederic Bartholdi made the Statue of Liberty resemble his mother, Charlotte. Also, it was not always the green color that it is now. At first, the Statue of Liberty was a dull, copper brown color. However, as copper oxidizes over time, it developed a green patina.

Did you know? David Bowie sang about Philip Johnson.

On September 25, 1995 David Bowie released his concept album Outside, centered on the characters of a dystopian world on the eve of the 21st century. One of the songs “Thru These Architect’s Eyes” mentions Philip Johnson.

Did you know? Landscape was first a painting term.

The term “landscape architecture” came from a book about Italian painters, but the word landscape is actually Dutch. It came from the word “lanschap.”

The word can be broken up even further. “Land” means region and “schap” means ship or condition. Landscape paintings traditionally highlighted the beauty of nature and paid little attention to humans or animals. Landscape artists wanted to insert the light into their paintings and reflect the greens and blues back at the viewers.

The most viewed landscape image is a photograph of a small field located in northern California. It was taken by Charles O’Rear in 1996 and titled “Bliss.” Are you familiar with that? Maybe this will jog your memory. Window XP default wallpaper, “Bliss”. Yes! The most viewed image is the iconic default desktop background that came standard with Windows XP. Though it’s difficult to estimate the exact number of people who have seen this image, sources estimate the number is more than one billion. That includes people all over the world.

Did you know? Graphic designers can be celebrity artists.

Quick questions! Who is the first celebrity that comes to your mind? A Hollywood actress? Or is she/he a famous singer you used to crush on? Or could it be a graphic designer? Now think the most famous album cover of all time! Yes, the questions are relevant. My and many others’ answer is the Dark Side of the Moon. It was created by Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis, the designer behind some of history’s best-known album covers, including Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy, Black Sabbath’s Never Say Die and The Scorpion’s Lovedrive. 

Storm Thorgerson built his reputation creating artwork for rock bands like Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath and Sir Jonathan Ive has become world-famous for his work on the iPad and other popular Apple products. In fact, graphic designers have produced many of the most important landmarks in visual media over the last century.

And that’s all for this #FFF folks!If you also have some trivia, please leave a comment! 

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