Eagle-eyed stationery fans were in for a treat on Saturday when The Guardian ran a piece about Present & Correct founder Neal Whittington’s quest to find images of jumbo-sized stationery-themed art. His online search represents just one of the fun and quirky stationery-related festivities of National Stationery Week last month.
What Whittington realised was that stationery wasn’t just the subject for sculpture, but furniture, and in one case, architecture.
Whittington unearthed everything from street furniture in the shape of erasers to silos in the shape of pencils. Super-sized stationery apparently is a thing the world over, from Prague to the US to Germany.
He discovered that both the typewriter and computer keyboard inspire the design of public furniture, and found giant paperclips being used as bike racks.
“I like that these everyday objects have been blown up, but the form hasn’t changed and they obtain entirely new functions,” Whittington told The Guardian. “They’re eye-catching, they’re humorous: they make your day-to-day a little bit more enjoyable.”
See the full gallery of stationery as street furniture at The Guardian.