I spotted this breathtaking letterpress print via @feltandwire on Twitter, and my jaw was on the floor as soon as I saw it. Cameron Moll, who also created a jawdropping typographic rendition of the Salt Lake Temple, has created a representation of the Roman Coliseum that is beyond words. Colosseo was handcrafted character by character over the course of 250 hours (for the original 24″ x 16″ poster shown above is the smaller letterpress print, which features a portion of the larger artwork). Characters from the Goudy Trajan and Bembo Pro typefaces form the Coliseum, and the poster and print were letterpressed by Bryce Knudson of Bjørn Press in Provo, Utah.
A detail from the original letterpress poster, which is also available for purchase:
Both the poster and the smaller 8″ x 10″ print are available in black, as well:
A poster of glyphs, based on the work of master Italian calligrapher M. Giovambattista Palatino and hand-traced by Cameron for use in Colosseo, is also available. If typophiles aren’t drooling yet, then I think this letterpress poster will do it:
images from Cameron Moll