Monday, July 28, 2008

Decarie Boulevard, 1961

Decarie Boulevard as seen in 1961, before it became a sunken expressway.

image source unkown

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Man and his World

Montreal was given the green light for Expo 67 in late 1962, less than five years with which to build and plan its world's fair.

In 1963, with time pressing, the Canadian Corporation for the 1967 World Exhibition called a conference of prominent educators, literary figures, and intellectuals at Montebello, Québec, to choose a central theme and evolve a philosophy for Expo 67.

Man and His World was the theme chosen at the 3-day Montebello conference, derived from the title of a thought-provoking book by French author, poet and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: Terre des Hommes.

Acclaimed French-Canadian author Gabrielle Roy (1909-1983) was a key participant in the Montebello conference. In a souvenir album released during Expo (simply titled Man and his World), Roy explained how Saint-Exupéry's vision would become Expo 67's theme and main focus:

"Saint-Exupéry said it simply: 'To be a man is to be responsible, to feel that by laying one's own stone, one contributes to building the World.'

"At Montebello, each of us made recommendations: where possible, the participating countries should consider the theme philosophy in their plans for national pavilions; the Canadian Corporation for the 1967 World Exhibition should devote its efforts to making the theme the central core in its own pavilions and in all its other projects. This would be its distinct and personal share in the common effort of the seventy-odd countries that would join with us to create Expo 67. The theme pavilions, with consistent emphasis on the idea of human interdependance would then form the hub of the great wheel of men and nations. We also wanted to invite the participating countries to collaborate on the theme itself. At any rate, since this was Man's Earth, belonging to everyone, coming from everyone, intended for everyone, we thought it desirable that contributions to the project should blend, complement one another, forming one complete whole, like the perfectly balanced instruments of an orchestra."

images: (1-4-5) from "Man and his World" (published 1967)

(5) image montage by author

Saturday, July 12, 2008


I am so into Tycho lately... for both the ultra retro graphics and super smooth sounds!

Vaguely reminiscent of early Air, Tycho is the music project of San Francisco based artist and producer Scott Hansen.

From the website:

"As Tycho, Hansen blends swirling melodies into vaguely triumphant arcs that crisscross between stuttering beats and vocal samples, creating rolling sonic landscapes that extend off into the horizon...

Known in the design world as ISO50, Hansen's bucolic, sun-drenched design style serves as a backdrop for the music which so closely echoes his visual sentiments."

The images shown here are all prints available in the Tycho/ISO50 store.