Global contest finds symbol for composer

Pentagram partner Justus Oehler has created a symbol to mark the 250th anniversary of the death of Bach in 2000. – Oehler won the job after a competition run by Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany, the church where the composer is buried.

Pentagram partner Justus Oehler has created a symbol to mark the 250th anniversary of the death of Bach in 2000.

Oehler won the job after a competition run by Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany, the church where the composer is buried.

He was up against international entrants such as Uwe Loesch, Gottschalk & Ash and Bauhaus Universität Weimar.

The logo will appear on promotional material for activities organised to raise badly needed funds for church repairs.

The brief was to create a marque which could communicate Bach’s death but at the same time would represent the church in which he was buried, says Oehler. The A of Bach is designed to represent the church spire.

“After many fruitless attempts at setting it in various typefaces, I fell in love with one of my caligraphic scribbles,” says Oehler.

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