Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day


Photo courtesy Flickr user benagain

Washington state licensed architect number one, William Bain, directed a legendary World War Two project to disguise the Boeing plant that produced Allied bombers. I first heard about it from commercial art instructors at the Burnley School, which was filled with veteran students fresh from Viet Nam. Over a disorderly room full of war surplus drafting tables painted indestructible olive drab, a couple of staffers marveled at the skill and detail of Bain’s transformation. The camouflage project has since had its share of publicity. It was a privilege to learn about it by way of the designers’ grapevine.

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