The nail in the ampersand

How’s this for an opulent piece of typographic art. I’ll admit that I can’t quite decipher the meaning of it, the semiotics are a little over my head.
Any suggestions?

New York’s political magazine The New Republic approached me to design a trademark ampersand for them. I accepted and created this mighty marble-and-gold rendition of a snake nailed to a sinking skull, coiling into the “Amperxandt” form. A lot of symbolism going on here.


The newest member of the Department of Stunning Shadow Art is a posthumous addition. Japanese artist and designer Shigeo Fukuda passed away in 2009, but in the 1980s he created a series of awesome assemblages that were carefully illuminated to case incredible shadows.

Pictured at the top of this post is a 1987 pieces entitled Lunch with a Helmet On. The sculpture is made of hundreds of metal knives, forks, and spoons. They look like a heap of scrap metal, but when illuminated from just the right angle, the shadow of a motorcycle appears on the floor, thus making sense of the whimsical title.

The colorful fish pictured beneath that is a 1988 pieces entitled Aquarium for Swimming Characters. Each hanging fish casts a shadow on the ground revealing its name in kanji characters.

Head over to Spoon & Tamago to learn more about the marvelous shadow art of Shigeo Fukuda.


Carved by Jean de La Huerta and Antoine Le Moiturier between 1443 and 1470, the unique devotional figures, known as “mourners,” were commissioned for the elaborate Gothic tomb of the second Duke of Burgundy. Crafted with astonishing detail, the alabaster sculptures exemplify some of the most important artistic innovations of the late Middle Ages. 

Here you can view all 40 of them, in 360 and 3D!