IKB 79 was one of nearly two hundred blue monochrome paintings Yves Klein made during his short life.
Klein did not give titles to these works but after his death in 1962, his widow Rotraut Klein-Moquay numbered all the known blue monochromes IKB 1 to IKB 194, a sequence which did not reflect their chronological order.
The letters IKB stand for International Klein Blue, a distinctive ultramarine which Klein registered as a trademark colour in 1957. He considered that this colour had a quality close to pure space and he associated it with immaterial values beyond what can be seen or touched.
Skycatcher Wallpaper. A monumental wallpaper made from 88 thousand images of the sky above Amsterdam (taken from Luna Maurer’s sky-catcher project), created by Jonathan Puckey and Luna Maurer at the Museum De Paviljoens, 2007. Each vertical strip is exactly one day and contains 144 images and you can see the duration of the days change by the size of the blue bar (daytime).
You can see DST too (although it looks like time is running from top to bottom, rather than bottom to top).
I could have sworn I posted these already, but I can’t find any sign that I did. I was reminded of them by fact that the V&A is selling the A2 versions in their shop, to tie in with the British Design exhibition (which runs until 12 August 2012).
They also remind me of my previous post about the motorway strip maps in 1980s AA handbooks. So clean, so minimal, so nice.