Last week, after several years and two talks about organizing art, Ursus Wehrli published his latest book The Art of Clean Up, wherein he attempts to organize… just about everything. Bowls of soup, a single pine branch, or even a sky full of star, it seems nothing is immune from his penchant to introduce order. His process (photographed by Geri Born and Daniel Spehr) is carried to absurd extremes, where flower arrangements are made into tidy stacks of detached petals and stems, convoluted train maps are turned into neat stacks of lines, text, and dots, and even type itself is broken down into useless stacks of lines and curves.
At some point these things become too clean as important pieces of information are demoted to mere clutter. Imagine me putting every letter of this sentence in alphabetical order and letting you figure out the rest, only imagine it being really pretty, like an organized bowl of soup. Also be sure to check out his entertaining TED talk which we’ve posted below.