Half Wild by Peter Happel Christian
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Peter Happel Christian’s debut monograph borrows its title from a passage in Our National Parks, written in 1909 by John Muir, who contemplated the public’s “growing interest in the care and preservation of forests and wild places in general, and in the half wild parks and gardens of towns.” Drawing influence from Happel Christian’s pictures of nature quietly persevering in the face of man’s attempts to manage and manicure it, images in the book run wild, bleeding over type, margins, and around pages. The book’s form and typography nod to vintage wilderness survival manuals, while synthetic materials reference the tools, tarps, and artificial representations of nature that appear throughout the work. — Design Notes via Elana Schlenker.