It's a Gas! The Allure of the Gas Station
Publisher: Gestalten 2018 ISBN: 9783899559286 Editor: Sascha Friesike Format: Hardback, 240pp, 240 x 300mm
In the automotive boom that followed the Second World War, gas stations were revving up in number as travelling by four wheels become an affordable luxury. These oases for fuelling up represented a new sense of freedom and optimism, temples to self determination, to mobility, to the open road. References to pop culture and folk art were branded into their structural design, and a rich visual vernacular extended their purpose far past the pump.
It's a Gas! retraces the roadmap from the first forays into topping up, to today's premiere gas stations, with pitstops at the golden age across Europe and the United States along the way, as well as a look at what happened to these worlds of wonder as many of them were abandoned in more contemporary times.
Daily fixtures with unmatched personalities: top up with the architecture of optimism presented in It's a Gas!