The mother of all CAD People

At this year’s Documenta, paintings from the Argentinian artist Léon Ferrari have been exhibited, also this one:


Passarelas, 1981, copyright by Léon Ferrari

A friend of mine, Johan, took on his visit in Kassel this close-up picture of it:

I was quite surprised to see the classic top view people in there that you can find in so many AutoCAD libraries:


Interestingly, the first AutoCAD-Version has been published 1982.

So, the question here is:

Did Ferrari allow the reproduction, or even produce those figures for AutoCAD, or, in the early days of CAD-software without extensive block libraries, did someone redraw those people from above and they spread to uncountable computers in offices and universities all over the world?

What do you think? Or, is there a well-known story behind it such as the Utah teapot that I just don’t know?


~ by aboutarchitecture on September 18, 2007.

3 Responses to “The mother of all CAD People”

  1. i think this is what people look like from above when they walk… btw the right one in the cad screen (with two arms in front) is either cheering, scaring away little children, a baboon or a giant killer brain eating zombie, like you know.
    how are you, whens the big day?

  2. i meant the left.

  3. Hi,
    Thanks for the beautiful compilation.
    The people (and other symbols) that became the protagonists of AutoCAD libraries existed and have been used before in the form of (Letraset?) templates and stencils for drawing ink plans.

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