The wine glass is an international symbol denoting fragility of contents. Fletcher found most of his wine glasses printed on the sides of ordinary cartons and packing cases. He began playing games with these simple two-dimensional images in the early 1990s and never stopped. His starting point was to cut the glasses in half, widthways or lengthways, and collage them together to create the optimist’s half-full and the pessimist’s halfempty vessel. Apparently it is very difficult to find a pair of glasses that fit together neatly.

Emily King, Design Museum
Alan Fletcher: fifty years of graphic work (and play)

300 x 300mm

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