Photobook by Ivana Palečková combines the author's photographic and design work. The photo series focuses on public space and the way people shape it. Design of the book is suggesting multilayered reading of the message - as going through a city in a different speed or mood. The first way of going through the book - half-opening - represents a quick walk around the city. From some photos only fragments are visible, others remain hidden, some are fully visible.
The second way of browsing - the full opening of the book - is a slow walk around the city and its detailed perception and observation. The text is representing different periods of time layered in the architecture and design of public spaces. The gloss in the title quotes the paintings of signs or entire objects in the streets and in photographs. The accompanying text is arranged in irregular paragraphs to evoke the liveliness of urban structures.
Palečková uses more typefaces: Velvetyne Type Foundry, Setup, Grilli Type, Martin Pyšný - to stress the difference and overlapping layers of the city, functioning as a palimpsest of posters, signboards, and other more abstract structures. The book was produced with creative assistance of Jürgen Rendl, Dominika Jackuliaková, Matej Žoldoš and Aurélia Garová.
The text by Jürgen Rendl is - along the photos - inviting to re-imagine the urban landscape, become interested and thinking inhabitants and enter living and prosperous relationships with ones' surroundings and possibly re-shape them for better.
The text by Jürgen Rendl togehter with the visual material composes a message, inviting all passers-by to re-imagine the urban landscape. While reading it they become interested and thinking inhabitants. They can enter a living and prosperous relationships with ones' surroundings and possibly re-shape them for better.