Publisher: Uro Publications, Editor: Jan van Schaik, Designer: Yanni Florence, Format: 5 x Postcards, 14.8 x 21.0 cm, Year printed: March 2022
The Lost Tablets Postcards form part of a suite of material published alongside the Lost Tablets book by Jan van Schaik.
The book includes images of the 'mute' face of each of the fifty featured Lost Tablets – the postcards capture the 'dynamic' sides, with one postcard for each of the fifty. The title of the specific Lost Tablet is on the reverse of the card, so you can pair it up with its companion face in the accompanying book.
The Lost Tablets Postcards ship in packs of five unique but random cards.
Go on. Roll the dice...
(Or buy the full set of fifty in one fell swoop with the limited edition, signed and numbered box set....)
The Lost Tablets are a series of works by Jan van Schaik that explore the geometric language of architecture through the medium of children’s building blocks. Constructed by van Schaik from found blocks (many bearing the teeth marks of their former owners), each tablet flickers with strange resonances that point to a shared but deeply subjective symbolism of building.
From the buttresses of Gothic cathedrals and the blue ceilings of the Shah Mosque of Isfahan, to the inhabited machines and weightless engineering of the Space Age, the genetic lineage of the Lost Tablets is impossible to unpick, even while the potential connections to architectural history are hard to ignore.
The Lost Tablets book continues this exploration of the tension between the ideal of a shared architectural language, and the intrinsically personal nature of architectural interpretation.
About the author
Based in Melbourne Australia, Jan van Schaik is an architect at MvS Architects, a researcher and senior lecturer at RMIT Architecture & Urban Design, and a creative sector consultant at Future Tense.
Jan is the founder and producer of the WRITING & CONCEPTS public lecture and publication series, which reflects on the role that writing plays in the development of contemporary creative practice.