Circle K’s: then and now.

March 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm Leave a comment

I recently discovered (via Design Observer) a project called “Re-inhabited Circle K’s” by Arizona-born Paho Mann. The project is a collection of photographs that document the businesses that took over the space of southwestern Circle K’s, which were built from the 1950’s through the 1980’s but then abandoned for higher traffic locations.

When I searched “Circle K store” on Google Images just now, none of the buildings showed a resemblance to the form of the mid-20th century structures that Mann set out to document. And while I’m not sure I’ve ever even stepped foot in a Circle K store, I’m currently feeling something like nostalgia. The fact that my go-to technology doesn’t provide me with any images of these original stores – plus the fact that someone else has taken the time to seek out and photograph their sites – seems to make me value them. I mean, I am here writing about this project after all.

March 19’s daily design idea is can art provide a significant outlet for connecting with an unfamiliar place?

photographs by Paho Mann

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