Duke Riley's "Fly By Night"
  • Identity
  • Print
  • Exhibition

 

"Fly By Night", by artist Duke Riley, was commissioned by the public arts organization Creative Time in spring 2016. Thousands of trained carrier pigeons were housed on a boat and released into the night sky to fly, twist, and swirl as a flock. Lightweight L.E.D. lights were affixed to their bodies, resulting in a paean to nature, New York's history of rooftop pigeon fanciers, and the U.S. military's use of messenger birds. I created the visual identity, collateral, and robust signage. Drawing heavily from Duke Riley's own illustration style, the identity uses graphic pigeons arranged in an emblem. Vaguely militaristic, the mark locates the project firmly in its historical location: Brooklyn Navy Yard.

  • Winter 2016–Fall 2017
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Photo by Tod Seelie.

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Visual identity, as seen on the front of a self-mailing poster.

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Photo by Tod Seelie. See more images of the exhibition here.

Announcement Poster

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Original art by Duke Riley. Printed on Mohawk Antique Vellum Snow 80lb.

Outdoor Signage

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Vinyl banners at street entrance to Brooklyn Navy Yard. Photo by Tod Seelie.

Vinyl banners. On right, a mock protest of the exhibition with vinyl banner in background.

Website

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Postcard

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