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America's National Parks celebrated in a stunning collection of 59 screen-printed posters

America’s 59 National Parks celebrated 100 years this year and a series of screen printed posters celebrates the beauty and diversity of the parks in a unique way.

Yellowstone National Park Brave the Woods Wall screen print
Yellowstone National Park Brave the Woods Wall screen print poster.  Image by Brave the Woods/Fifty Nine Parks

The series of screen prints by prominent poster designers and artists like Daniel Danger, Teagan White, and DKNG has already gained a cult following in the artistic world. The Library of Congress intends to archive the entire collection of posters from the series. They currently hold the first ten rolled out.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park screen print poster
Guadalupe Mountains National Park screen print poster. Image by Matt Taylor/ Fifty Nine Parks

The series is produced and run by JP Boneyard. It was JP’s combined love of travel, posters, and parks that was the inspiration for this series. He teamed up with the National Poster Retrospecticus to produce the series (5% of every online poster sale is donated to the National Park Service), and will continue to roll out posters into 2017. He has just returned from a three month tour of the posters around the US, exhibiting in university galleries, SXSW and even at Lego HQ.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park screen print poster.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park screen print poster. Image by Chris Turnham/Fifty Nine Parks

“We’re aiming to have all 59 parks represented by the end of 2017. From there we’d love to set up a cross country tour of the parks. We’d take the collection and move the show outside of traditional galleries. Maybe that means we could hang the show at a visitors’ center in Glacier National Park. Or picture being able to host free outdoor shows in parks like Yellowstone. That would be incredible!” he explains.

Grand Canyon screen printer poster.
Grand Canyon screen printer poster. Image by DKNG/Fifty Nine Parks

The series takes inspiration from the WPA posters of the 1930’s, but JP explains this series isn’t a throwback. Part of how that has been achieved is by embracing a wide range of visual styles. He sees the most exciting aspect of these posters is having over 50 different artists contribute to the series.

Glacier Bay National Park screen print.
Glacier Bay National Park screen print. Image by Oliver Barrett/Fifty Nine Parks

“Most poster series look like they’ve been beautifully illustrated by the same hand. We’re embracing the eclectic. Every poster in the series is screen printed in the USA — no laser printers here,” according to JP. The full series can be explored here. Another recently launched series of artwork celebrates America’s National Parks through  typography posters.