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Experience the Beauty of the National Parks With These Retro Style Posters

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If you’ve somehow missed the news that this year marks the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, don’t worry: There’s still plenty of time to celebrate. While visiting the parks is probably the ideal expression of your appreciation, this gorgeous 160-page coffee table book from Nashville-based Anderson Design Group is a pretty good substitute while you plan your next road trip.

The book features posters showcasing all 59 National Parks—from Acadia to Zion—as well as oil paintings, photos from history, and other bits of NPS miscellania. When the project started about five years ago, owner and lead artist Joel Anderson traveled to a handful of parks with son Nathan (who wrote the book) to collect seeds of information and inspiration that would kick-start the whole process. The posters in the book all share a retro vibe and a distinct kinship with promotional parks posters of days past. While a cohesive set, the works were designed by different artists within Anderson Design Group, and their distinct styles are on full display.

You can pick up 59 Illustrated National Parks: Celebrating 100 Years of Wilderness and Wonder for $49.95. Check out a few of our favorites below.

By Kai Carpenter and Joel Anderson

By Julian Baker and Joel Anderson

By Michael Korfhage and Joel Anderson

By Michael Korfhage and Joel Anderson

By David Anderson and Joel Anderson

By Andy Gregg and Joel Anderson

By Kai Carpenter and Joel Anderson 

By Michael Korfhage and Joel Anderson

By Aaron Johnson and Joel Anderson

By Michael Korfhage and Joel Anderson

By Kai Carpenter and Joel Anderson 

By Andy Gregg and Joel Anderson

By Michael Korfhage and Joel Anderson

By Kai Carpenter and Joel Anderson 

By Michael Korfhage and Joel Anderson

By Julian Baker and Joel Anderson

All images courtesy of Anderson Design Group.

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Kehinde Wiley Studio, Inc., Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0
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Barack Obama Taps Kehinde Wiley to Paint His Official Presidential Portrait
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Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley Studio, Inc., Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0

Kehinde Wiley, an American artist known for his grand portraits of African-American subjects, has painted Michael Jackson, Ice-T, and The Notorious B.I.G. in his work. Now the artist will have the honor of adding Barack Obama to that list. According to the Smithsonian, the former president has selected Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait, which will hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Wiley’s portraits typically depict black people in powerful poses. Sometimes he models his work after classic paintings, as was the case with "Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps.” The subjects are often dressed in hip-hop-style clothing and placed against decorative backdrops.

Portrait by Kehinde Wiley
"Le Roi a la Chasse"
Kehinde Wiley, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 3.0

Smithsonian also announced that Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald has been chosen by former first lady Michelle Obama to paint her portrait for the gallery. Like Wiley, Sherald uses her work to challenge stereotypes of African-Americans in art.

“The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former president and first lady,” Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said in a press release. “Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”

The tradition of the president and first lady posing for portraits for the National Portrait Gallery dates back to George H.W. Bush. Both Wiley’s and Sherald’s pieces will be revealed in early 2018 as permanent additions to the gallery in Washington, D.C.

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Made.com

Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Made.com.

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