By: David Schiller (Sparta Graphics)
Date: 1968 (copyright) San Jose, CA
Dimensions: 40 x 31 inches (101.5 x 79 cm)
Scarce example of David Schiller's map of California, printed on linen.
In the 1960s, an artist by the name of David Schiller was producing a wealth of artwork for bands and the overall music scene. In 1968, he produced a run of pictorial bird's eye view posters for various cities and places which included London, New York, San Francisco, and the state of California. The color patterns, type font, and style he employed was unique for each piece.
This is a scarce example of his map of California printed on linen. Much of his work can be found on paper as the paper examples was what were sold to the masses. These linen examples were likely made for stores (a lot of the time head shops) to hang as advertisements for the paper examples they sold, hence the linen example was produced in far fewer numbers.
This map of California is done in what can best be described as a pictorial style relief cutout presented on an angle similar to that of a bird’s eye view. Drastic elevation changes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains come to an abrupt halt at the California-Nevada border as do the two roads leading in and out of Mexico. Throughout the map, places of cultural and touristic importance are noted, including Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Sunset Boulevard, Big Sur, Cannery Row, Yosemite, Stanford University, and Napa Valley to name a few. References to bands such as the Doors, Canned Heat, and Quicksilver Messenger Service can be found within the map, while the Jefferson Airplane flies overhead, (a consistent theme in Schiller’s works).
Condition: This linen print has been dry mounted onto a poster board, which contrary to most other maps was part of the original process. Minor rust spots can be found in the right hand portion of the print. The backing board has warped some, but the piece would present well once framed.
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