When Order Obsession Becomes Art

In his latest picture book, The Art of Clean Up, Ursus Wehrli (an artist and comedian from Switzerland) meticulously rearranges things we encounter in everyday life—alphabet soup, a sandbox, a parking lot—according to color, size, and shape.

The book is a follow-up to his previous Tidying Up Art books, where Wehrli used to “tidy up” famous artworks, such as Van Gogh’s room or Botticelli’s beach.