City Plate Collection #2
Our second series of City Plates. The theme of this second collection is "Culture and Capital(ism)."
Our notion of how cities arise usually follows an organic model: a natural feature of the earth’s topography lends itself to the support of human existence and provides the foundation for human progress (a bottom-up process). But in the current age of man’s virtually complete control of the environment, cities can be fabricated almost instantaneously, in geological terms, through the use of greater and greater feats of civil engineering (a top-down process).
If culture and capital are two of the elements that define a successful society, what happens when they are used as preconceived notions, planned into a city rather than spontaneously resulting from the natural course of a city’s development over time? That is, how does a capital investment in manufacturing culture impact city form?
To explore this theme, we selected the following four cities: Dubai, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Washington D.C.
• 12" diameter• Porcelain• Dishwasher- and microwave-safe• Each plate is gift boxed and comes with a printed key detailing the portion of the city represented• Key buildings are represented with persimmon icons, while rivers and public spaces are shown in blue and green, respectively• Use as a dinner plate, serving plate, or decorative piece• Designed in Los Angeles; made in Poland