For 150 years, the Association for Public Art (aPA) has been commissioning, interpreting, preserving and promoting public art in Philadelphia. Our City is a rich cauldron of art because of it. Their history had been well documented, but no single document had pulled together the full scope of their influential work.
To mark their sesquicentennial, AAJdesign was engaged to design a print book that chronicles all of their commissions from 1872. The book was designed without a grid. Each spread was considered as a work by itself. The free-form photographs and descriptions are punctuated by pages with large quotes and chapter pages as dividers. The document was handed out at their annual meeting, which also celebrated the retirement of aPA’s long-term executive director, Penny Balkin Bach.