The Art of Clean up

The Art of Clean up

Life Made Neat and Tidy

Book - 2013
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Grand Central Pub
The modern world can get messy. Fortunately, Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli is a man of obsessive order, as he demonstrates with eye-catching surprise in The Art of Clean Up. Already a bestseller in Germany, this compulsive title has sold more than 100,000 copies in less than a year, and the fastidiously arranged images have garnered blog love from NPR, Brain Pickings, swissmiss, and more. Tapping into the desire for organization and the insanity of über-order, Wehrli humorously categorizes everyday objects and situations by color, size, and shape. He arranges alphabet soup into alphabetical order, sorts the night sky by star size, and aligns sunbathers' accoutrements—all captured in bright photographs sure to astonish even the pickiest of neat freaks.

Baker & Taylor
Reimagines everyday objects and situations as neat, color-coded rows of their component parts, including alphabet soup, a subway map, a Christmas tree, and French fries.

Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781452114163
Branch Call Number: 701.8 WEH
Characteristics: 48 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 22 x 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Spehr, Daniel
Born, Geri
Alternative Title: Art of cleanup


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May 06, 2015

Funny photographic deconstruction of everyday items.

Dec 07, 2013

Ursus Wehrli has put together a collection of amusing photos of things broken down into their constituent parts. I can't help but look at them and see what is happening to our modern society, where technology facilitates radical consolidation and simplification. The singularity of the internet, monoculture and efficiency is rapidly restructuring everything, with a loss of meaning and idiosyncratic structure. Soon, everything will be arranged in Wehrli's neat and tidy piles.

ksoles Jul 03, 2013

What happens when you dismantle a Christmas tree, a parking lot or a bowl of alphabet soup? For Ursus Wehrli, the breakdown of everyday arrangements results in neatness, order and one of the most delightful little photography books out there. The artist provides no text but presents bright, crisp and wondrous before and after photos that inspire thought and laughter.

Undoubtedly a short "read," "The Art of Clean Up" begs to be flipped through over and over again; each page reveals something new with every look.


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