A Century of Progress

Vintage postcards on canvas

41 x 46cm


A collection of original, vintage U.S. postcards arranged on painted canvas with a cut three-dimensional element. The work is mounted behind glass within a white, wooden frame.

These postcards have been collected from multiple sources and arranged to form a geometric pattern. Their sunken rectangular centres leave behind raised frames which mirror the frame of the artwork itself. A fluorescent material has been applied to the reverse of the frames to give the impression of illumination upon the white canvas behind.

The repeated images depicted in the top row are of the monumental but temporary structure, the Havoline Thermometer, designed and built for the Chicago World’s Fair of 1933. This iconic building featured neon tubing which acted as an authentic thermometer indicating the actual temperature in Chicago.

The remaining postcards feature an aerial view of the fair with the Havoline Thermometer seen in the distance.

© Adam Robinson