Scott Murphy, “S.L.1 and the Mystery of the “Baby-Killer” Schütte-Lanz Airships”



Scott Murphy,
Saint Joseph, Minnesota

S.L.1 and the Mystery of the “Baby-Killer” Schütte-Lanz Airships
Pigment printing, digital collage, unbound book of postcards, with two wrappers.
5.5 x 3.5 x 1″ (can also be displayed as a single composite image 47.5 x 31.5″)

Artist Statement

S.L.1 and the Mystery of the “Baby-Killer” Schütte-Lanz Airships is an unbound book in two wrappers.

Also known as an “exploded” book, it functions as a hand-held, readable stack of postcard sized prints that may also be exhibited as a large 64 panel single composite image (one side of the book) or as rows of postcards revealing the text from the article by Peter M. Bowers. All photographs come from found imagery depicting Schütte-Lanz airships, including vintage 1918 postcards.

The book represents a history of a largely forgotten airship type, as well as my own troubled fascination with these strange & obscure weapons of war. Printed in an edition of six. Multiple handling copies are available in order to display the book in more than one manner