Monumental: The Reimagined World of Kevin O'Callaghan

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Kevin O’Callaghan is a design wizard and Monumental is his manifesto, featuring hundreds of beautiful and useful design objects made out of obsolete, useless, cast-off technology. Since 1985, O’Callaghan has taught a now-legendary 3-D design class at New York’s School of Visual Arts, where students solder, rivet, and weld the flotsam of mass-produced consumer culture into new, different, and, most importantly, functional objects. For “Yugo Next,” an exhibition that toured the United States—and mesmerized the ...

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Overview

Kevin O’Callaghan is a design wizard and Monumental is his manifesto, featuring hundreds of beautiful and useful design objects made out of obsolete, useless, cast-off technology. Since 1985, O’Callaghan has taught a now-legendary 3-D design class at New York’s School of Visual Arts, where students solder, rivet, and weld the flotsam of mass-produced consumer culture into new, different, and, most importantly, functional objects. For “Yugo Next,” an exhibition that toured the United States—and mesmerized the media wherever it went—students transformed so-called “useless” Yugo automobiles into a piano, a barbecue, a shower, a confessional, an accordion, a gigantic telephone, and a toaster that actually popped, among other things. O’Callaghan is a philosopher, comedian, entrepreneur, and social critic who shows how design can make the world a better place.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810989535
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 912,151
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Hussey is an editor and writer who specializes in art-related topics.

 

Steven Heller is a historian and critic of graphic design. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than 130 books on design and popular culture, including Abrams’s Graphic Style and Illustration. His career is intertwined with two great New York institutions, the New York Times (as an art director) and the School of Visual Arts (as program director and teacher).

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

    A must for any creative!

    As an artist and former student who has created several pieces and participated in the installation of a few projects displayed in the book I am overjoyed to see the sincere emphasis of The book to show the collaborative work by many people to bring all of the art work to a tangible reality. O'Callaghan proves again to be a class act not solely for the terrific content and art direction, but by how many artist technicians, craftspeople and designers he credits as all having part in making something truly great time and time again. For Art and Design enthusiasts everywhere this book is a gold mine of imagery and artwork that reflects the sincere passion O'Callaghan has for his students and the unique artistic experience he gives them.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

    Loved it!! You will too!!

    As an advertising professional, I found this book truly inspiring. The solutions to the assignments given were mind blowing in concept and execution. I think this is a good read for anyone. It is fascinating to learn the inspiration for the assignments/solutions and very entertaining with often hilarious anecdotes relating to not only the inspiration but the execution and installation of the pieces.
    O'C is brilliant, the mad professor, his boundless enthusiasm leaps off the pages. In his world anything is possible, which how you will feel when you read this book and what he inspires in his students, what a gift!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

    a must read-over and over again!!!

    Living in NYC, I have been fortunate enough to experience some of the amazing exhibitions pictured in this book. How wonderful to have the background on these projects and to find out how they came about. What creativity! O'Callaghan is truly an inspiration to all of his students, and to creative people everywhere. This book is an inspiring story of dreaming up great concepts, coming up with unbelievable designs, then finding a way to make them a reality, and learning that dreams can come true-with a little help from your friends!
    Can't wait for the next exhibition. This book is a definite for holiday gifts.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

    Nice book and incredible photos of a modern day Picasso

    After reading this book cover to cover, I have to say that people are missing the point. This is the creation of someone's imagination. The art is in his head, it has to be up to other people to expose the thought. The fact that anyone gets credit in this book is amazing. I am positive that a whole other book can be written about all of the pit falls, failed attempts, the missed deadlines. The failed relationships, the poor workmanship and 244 pages of negativity, but that wasn't conveyed once in this book. I'm sure anyone that can write anything bad had something to due with some part of a failure. Also just a quick fact finding tip, I search the name of one business and found the business owners name is correct in the book! Don't be confused by someone's clouded opinion, this man is a living legend, an artist that didn't need to die to gain recognition.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

    NO COPY EDITING OR FACT CHECKING done in Kevin O'Callaghan's Monumental Book

    FACTS were NEVER CHECKED and the COPY EDITOR did a poor job. Same names of people spelled differently NUMEROUS times throughout the book. People were NOT CREDITED CORRECTLY FOR THE WORK THEY DID..."ECHOPHONES" WERE COMPLETELY MACHINED WELDED & MANUFACTURED BY NYLE BUXTON AT BUXTON MACHINE...He was NOT a CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANT..HE BUILT THE ENTIRE THING, except for the black foam! His name is NYLE BUXTON Not "NIGEL" YET ANOTHER MISPRINT. ALL PAINTING on the "ECHOPHONES" was done by THIRD GENERATION AUTO BODY.

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