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Phaidon photographer Elliott Erwitt is known for his quirky images of street life. Now he's brought an element of that quirkiness into three dimensional form by collaborating on a walking stick with Milan designers Danese.
As you can see, Elliott has taken a satisfactorily old school approach to the walking aid, Elliott, Crowd Control by kitting it out with a bicycle horn to help the user cut through crowds or warn of their presence.
Danese says: “'Elliott' is the result of a joint creative project carried out by Carlotta de Bevilacqua and Elliott Erwitt. It is a walking stick provided with a small trumpet that the great photographer has created personally for his own use. With irony, existing functional elements are combined together. It is a useful support that helps him walk, make his way through crowds and attract attention. An old bicycle model trumpet is placed near the handle of a classic walking stick. Inspired by the art of Duchamp and his idea of a ready-made object, Danese resumes this useful element and successfully combines it with another archetype."
According to Danese the trumpet can sit alongside a lamp, also by bicycle, to increase the functionality of this unusual instrument - essential when returning from those late night shoots we imagine. You can see more examples of Erwitt's wit and imagination in Snaps Abridged Edition, our recently updated and republished book of his work.