Szaybo, Roslav

1968 Vintage London Zoo Poster, Pandas

$700.00
  • 1968 Vintage London Zoo Poster, Pandas

Szaybo, Roslav

1968 Vintage London Zoo Poster, Pandas

$700.00

Date: 1968
Size:  26 x 40 inches
Artist: Roslav Szaybo

There are some wonderful images produced for zoos by Polish artists, like this one - featuring Chi-Chi and An-An, two Chinese pandas at the London Zoo. Chi Chi was the zoo's most famous giant panda, and arrived in 1958 after being denied entry into an American zoo when the United States ceased all trade with communist China. As the only giant panda in the west she was the inspiration of Peter Scott's design for the World Wildlife Fund logo. Her uniquely recognisable physical features and status as an endangered species were seen as ideal to serve the organization's need for a strong recognisable symbol that would overcome all language barriers. The organization also needed an animal that would have an impact in black and white printing, an effect which can be seen in this striking yet minimalist poster.

Designed by Rosław Szaybo (born 13 August 1933 in Poznań, Poland) a Polish painter, photographer and cover designer who moved to the UK in 1966. Between 1972 and 1988 he was signed as the chief artistic director at CBS Records, where he designed over 2000 album covers, mostly for classical music, but also for artists like Elton JOhn, Roy Orbison, Santana, Janis Joplin, The Clash, Judas Priest -- including the cover of British Steel and the band's logo. During his work in the UK, he also designed posters for English theaters... and this beautiful London Zoo ad! Poster is in excellent condition, unlined.