Rome 1960 – Sports Illustrations

Designer: unknown


This series of beautifully designed, complex mosaic sports illustrations has almost been forgotten. Until now, no books, reports, studies worldwide mentioned them. Looking at these great works of art, it is all the more amazing that they have not been discovered before. According to today’s Olympic usage, these mosaics would have had great potential to embody the perfect corporate identity for the Rome 1960 Summer Games. The result is 17 mosaic sports illustrations whose character and appearance could date back to antiquity. Nevertheless, they fulfil the function of non-verbally conveying information that is understood worldwide. This pieces of art are composed of many small white and black stones that skilfully represent the figure of one or more athletes, including the sports equipment. Sometimes the surroundings can also be seen: for example, the football pictogram shows the centre line on the field. Although these signs convey a two-dimensional impression, a certain three-dimensionality can be seen in some of them. However, the weak point of these illustrations is their complexity, which makes it impossible to reduce them significantly. This series of mosaic sports illustrations was used during the Games only on the daily programmes.


ARCHERY

ATHLETICS

BASKETBALL

BOXING

CANOEING


CYCLING

EQUESTRIAN

FENCING

FOOTBALL

GYMNASTICS


HOCKEY

ROWING

SHOOTING

SWIMMING

WEIGHTLIFTING


WRESTLING

YACHING