Public Phenomena - Informal Modifications of Shared Spaces
By Temporary Services
Chicago, IL: Temporary Services, 2005, reprinted in 2010
Dimensions: 8.5 in x 5.5 in
Color: full color cover, full color insides
Edition Size: 1500
Back in print! Thanks to support from Philagrafika and the Print Center in Philadelphia, we have reprinted this popular booklet. Purists should note that two images that were low resolution in the original version have been replaced with two new and different images. Also the paper is heavier this time, making this a nicer publication than the one we made back in 2005.
Originally booklet #68. This booklet was our first publication focusing on documentation of Public Phenomena. It includes 44 color photos, none of which were repeated in our later book, that go right to the edge of the page.
For our later book we wrote: "From roadside memorials to makeshift barriers, people consistently alter shared common spaces to suit their needs, or let both man-made and natural aberrations run wild. The result is a new kind of public space with creative and inspiring moments that push past the original planned design of cities." All of these photos were taken in Chicago and the Midwest. The themes this time around are: roadside memorials, parking place savers, block club signs, homemade basketball hoops, and an anomalous image of a truck rebuilt inside a tree. The variety of photos of the myriad amusing ways that Chicagoans block off space for their car in the winter after a snowstorm is particularly rich in this booklet.
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Bought this for friends who recently moved to Chicago and were commenting on the parking spot saving thing. They loved it!