Blivets from Roger Hayward

The oft-reproduced fig. 6 from "Blivets - Research and Development," 1968.

The oft-reproduced fig. 6 from "Blivets - Research and Development," 1968.

Roger was always interested in the meaning and interpretation of art, vision, and especially color. As his vision started to fail, he resigned from professional work and started to tinker. One interest was the development of drawings and articles for the Worm Runners Digest, for which Roger authored many publications. The first and perhaps best-known is 1968’s “Blivets-Research and Development” (vol X, no 2) in which he constructs a number of pleasing but impossible diagrams. (Fig. 6 of this issue has been reproduced in a number of other publications. )

-from Roger Hayward (1899-1979): The Western Years, Part 2

Another example of Hayward's popular Blivets series.

Another example of Hayward's popular Blivets series, as published in Worm Runners Digest.


A note on Hayward’s moon model

Readers with an interest in Hayward’s incredible body of work are encouraged to read Kevin Kidney’s terrific blog post on the creation and eventual star turn of Hayward’s 50:1-scale moon model, (referenced here under “Pasadena Life”) commissioned in 1934 by the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and eventually enlisted for use by the Disney company.  The exactness of the moon model and the Escher-esque whimsy of the Blivets above are a true testament to the envious diversity of skills with which Hayward was blessed.

Roger working on the Griffith model of the moon. (Los Angeles Public Library photograph, Security National Bank Collection).

Roger working on the Griffith model of the moon. (Los Angeles Public Library photograph, Security National Bank Collection).

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