Melbourne 1956 – Sports Illustrations

Deigner: unknown


Sports illustrations of the kind known since Stockholm 1912 were also designed in Melbourne. But the idea of non-verbal symbols is still relevant today, only the style of drawn sports figures or equipment finally ended. For the sports illustrations of modern pentathlon, the design of London 1948 was taken up: a laurel wreath with the five Olympic rings in the middle, which probably reflect the five sports of modern pentathlon, i.e. shooting, fencing, swimming, show jumping and running. This symbol is quite out of line because it does not represent a human figure in a sporting activity, nor is there any indication of what it is. With all other sports illustrations the interpretation is unambiguous and does not require any further explanation. Except for modern pentathlon, all symbols are shown in perspective. Moreover, the sports illustration of the yachting competitions does not fit completely into the pattern. On the one hand it shows only the sports equipment and not the sailor, on the other hand the environment, the sea with the sky, is to be seen additionally. Illustrations were also created for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, but they were only used on the tickets and not on the programmes.


ATHLETICS

BASKETBALL

CANOEING

CYCLING

EQUESTRIAN EVENTS HELD IN STOCKHOLM



FENCING

FOOTBALL

GYMNASTICS

HOCKEY

MODERN PENTATHLON



ROWING

SHOOTING

SWIMMING

WRESTLING

WEIGHTLIFTING



SAILING

OPENING CEREMONY

CLOSING CEREMONY