by David Sizemore
Many parts of New Jersey are beautiful and fertile—there’s a reason it’s called the Garden State. I knew I wanted my design to illustrate that, but I was having trouble narrowing down a bold, recognizable way of highlighting that aspect of the state. Cornucopias and plows were boring, and I couldn’t fit all of the fruits and vegetables I wanted into the small space of the license plate, while allowing room for things like ‘license plate numbers’ and 'registration stickers.’

Until I realized that instead of shoving them all in, I could take many years and slowly celebrate the different products of a garden. I could co-opt the necessary elements and use them as the basis for this revolving display.
State Plates Project by Jonathan Lawrence ⓒ 2014