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January 21, 2008 |
Hello Mr. Keillor.
I am a Graphic Design student at California State Polytechnic University Pomona. As a class assignment for my Graphic Design 2 class I have been assigned to develop a look for the Olympic Games if they were to be held in Lake Wobegon, including logos, banners, tickets, apparel, transportation and anything related to the Olympic Games. I am writing to you to ask what you think the Olympic Games would look like, what kind of visuals would be associated with these Games, and how the town of Lake Wobegon would be affected by such an event. Any tips or suggestions you can give me would be greatly, greatly appreciated. Thank you!
This would be the summer Olympics, Alexsaundra winter Olympics would be problematic since there isn't much downhill here and I'd suggest that you think small-town skyline for a design motif: low storefronts, church steeples, and the iconic water tower, the barrel-type on steel-beam legs, and the grain elevator. The architecture of the midwestern small-town would appeal to you, I think, and especially the various classic styles of frame house from the late 19th Century.
What would the effect on Lake Wobegon be? Sheer devastation, I imagine. This is a town of fewer than two thousand and it would vanish under the onslaught of visitors and construction, much like a town in the path of a hurricane or a horde of locusts. But there would be a story in that, and maybe it'd be more interesting than what's going on there now, which is cold and snow and darkness.