‘Visual futurist’ Syd Mead’s vehicles to be subject of show in South Carolina

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1967: Future Rolls Royce | Syd Mead art courtesy CarArt.us

 Syd Mead art courtesy CarArt.us

‘The future, according to Syd Mead, is just “reality ahead of schedule.”

Mead, who worked briefly as a designer at Ford in the very early 1960s, has become famous around the world as the “visual futurist” whose projects include the design of vehicles for science fiction movies such as Blade Runner, Star Trek, Aliens and Tron.

Progressions, a show of 50 of Mead’s illustrations (those shown here provided by CarArt.us), opens August 18 and runs through October 18 at the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery in Conway, S.C.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.