Why do these letters have gaps in them?
Not sure what the correct name is. Check the picture: why do these letters have gaps in them?
I could understand the letter "O" having gaps because the spray-paint-mold had to hold the inside area. But for other letters "L", "E", "N", this seems unnecessary?
The actual reason is not for unity. Is for durability of the stencil. Small triangles like under the N or the gap that would form inside the E would break very fast and the stencil would be useless in no-time.
There are a number of reasons for the gaps on the stencil letters:
- Not to collapse when wet with paint
- Ease to remove from the stenciling surface
- durability of the stencil itself
- The letters were often made with paper/metal/plastic and cut with mechanical die-cut punching, so the gaps made it easier to keep the stencil shapes correct during the process.