As you’ve probably noticed from our 60 parks in 60 days series, Team MNN is all about America’s park system — from iconic grand dames to historic, highly trafficked urban green spaces to oft-overlooked treasures. And as I alluded to in my post on Pendleton’s National Park blankets, sometimes actually visiting the great outdoors just isn’t enough, and many interior design-savvy wilderness lovers long to bring the experience (minus bug bites and blistered feet) home with them in some way or another.
If draping your davenport with the historic markings and colors of Yosemite and Yellowstone isn’t quite your style and you’re after something a bit more Modernist, look no further than Charley Harper’s series of National Park posters. Like Lauren Zerby over at Re-Nest, I’m familiar with the work of the beloved, nature-loving illustrator but had no clue Harper, who sadly passed away in 2007, had tackled national parks as a subject.
Turns out, the U.S. Department of the Interior commissioned Harper to create 10 national park-honoring posters from the late '70s to the early '90s. Several of them — including Glacier Bay National Park, Isle Royale National Park, Rocky Mountains National Park and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park — are available over at the Cincinnati Art Museum (West Virginia-born Harper called Cincinnati home for much of his life) for $40 a pop. Measuring a generous 29 by 39 inches, each poster depicts the unique flora and fauna found in each park in Harper’s trademark bold, whimsical style that apply to critter-loving kids and discerning adults alike.
Check ‘em all out over at the Cincinnati Art Museum’s online shop where there are a few other nature-themed Harper prints for sale, including the absolutely lovely “Biodiversity in the Burbs.” And for more Harper goodness, take a moment to peruse Fishs Eddy’s new Todd Oldham-designed dishware collection. Do you have a favorite Harper print that's not part of the National Park poster series?
Images: Cincinnati Art Museum