The year is 1979, and Uncle Sam (recognized by his white chin whiskers, his stars and stripes hat and his striped trousers) has grabbed his electric guitar and is happily jamming with fellow musicians in MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy). This group was formed in 1979 to advocate against the use of nuclear energy following the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in the US.
Graphic designer Seymour Chwast drew this poster advertising MUSE’s Concerts for Safe Energy which raised funds for its cause. The sun sitting atop Uncle Sam’s hat is a nod for safer solar energy. Typical of many of his poster designs, Chwast uses a quirky character designed with humor to convey the poster’s serious message.
Seymour Chwast was born in 1931 in New York City where he spent his career as an illustrator and graphic designer. He was one of the founders of Push Pin Studios in 1954 which gained a reputation for innovative design. Chwast is well-known for his graphic design work on posters, product packaging, editorial illustrations, public relations projects and fonts. His unique design style, his often wry sense of humor and the social commentary which frequently appears in his work have made him one of the preeminent graphic designers of his generation.
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