Men at Work in Latvia

Riga, 19.VII.2004; pict. H. De Meyer
The Latvian worker keeps his distance from the colleagues in the other Baltic states. Latvia is probably trying to show us that it's become a proper country after the collapse of the Sovjet Empire. There aren't that many possibilities, though, for variation in an icon-like man without any gear except for his spade. The designer therefore had to play with the shape of the heap as the only means to express some identity.

Would you believe that even that (the shape of the heap) is enough to distinguish between most countries ? Try it. It's easier than you think.

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