The US government first commissioned posters to showcase and advertise some of the nation’s greatest natural wonders over 75 years ago.
Now, the Creative Action Network (CAN) is doing it all again, and the results are beautiful illustrations that lie somewhere between retro postcards and landscape art. Good luck looking at them from your cramped desk without getting a serious case of wanderlust.
The new “See America” project is completely crowd-sourced, employing artists from all 50 states to celebrate America’s national parks and wonders through art.
The American National Park system will turn 100 years old in 2016, and like most government programs that don’t involve tanks, budgetary issues are always a concern. As such, the program has partnered with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) in an effort to oppose further budget cuts to the department.
These posters are thankfully getting the appreciation they deserve, and are currently being exhibited at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York until the end of June.
Keep on the lookout for further exhibitions of the artwork throughout the nation so you can see it in person. Or, failing that, you could simply visit the actual national parks the posters are depicting.
If you don’t have the cash for a road trip to Yosemite or Hyde Park, you can simply scroll through the slides above, or visit the website to purchase See America posters, t-shirts, or tote bags with the artwork.