Penguin Guides

Vintage book covers, acrylic crystals on canvas

53 x 52cm


A collection of original, vintage guide book covers and acrylic crystals arranged on painted canvas with a cut three-dimensional element. The work is mounted behind glass within a white, wooden frame.

Produced by Penguin Books in the 1930’s and 40’s, these UK county travel guides were discovered at a flea market in South London. The individual history and journey of each item is evident in the marks, creases and worn edges of the paper.

A total of twelve covers were used for this piece: six for the background images, and a further six to provide the raised component. The addition of Swarovski crystals provide a contemporary edge which also serve to underline and emphasise the place names, while the three-dimensional country cut-outs cast soft shadows below.

© Adam Robinson