The replacement and erosion of hand painted signs in public spaces has become an increasingly common phenomenon. In an effort to document these typographic treasures before they disappear forever, Mark Spurgeon of Christchurch, New Zealand began taking photographs of the signs he encountered in New Zealand and Australia. Mark recently launched Preserve as an online archive of hand lettered signage. Preserve is evolving into a collaborative project with contributions now being accepted from the public. More information is available at www.preserve.co.nz Mark works as a designer in Christchurch for Strategy Design.