All Will Be Well: Children’s Rainbows from Lockdown at the Victoria and Albert Museum presents a large-scale installation of these joyful artworks initiated during the first lockdown of the 2020 global pandemic. These homemade rainbows became an international signal of hope and resilience, populating streets around the world during lockdown as a symbol of the power and impact of child creativity.
Around 120 drawings are held within eight oversized frames inspired by different window geometries and sky tones creating a ‘windowscape’ bordering each side of the gallery to display the work on mass. A sculptural mobile welcomes visitors in lieu of a regular wall graphic.
The title is set in Brief, designed by Matyáš Machat who modified some of the characters so they could work as cut out letters and also comply with the legibility guidelines set by the museum. The font was chosen for its playful, round and overarching qualities.
It’s complemented by Home SPM, Clemens Piontek’s take on Spartan (Classified) which he originally drew for the identity of Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017 designed with Lehni-Trüb. The letters have been evened out, the spacing reworked, but the typeface keeps the odd characteristics of the original. Piontek is currently working on a new version, moving further away from the original design.
Finally, all the body text had to be set in The Sans to comply with the visual identity guidelines of the V&A.
Exhibition curated by Kristian Volsing & Brendan Cormier
Architectural design by Sam Brown, mobile fabrication by Sam Fish