top of page
  • Writer's pictureMarcel Mensah | Eat More Spiders

From Here To There: Nobutaka Aozaki's Map of Manhattan



New York artist Nobutaka Aozaki, an artist born in Kagoshima, Japan, takes us on a journey with one of the most interesting “on the ground” art pieces we’ve seen in a while.


Aozaki has a tendency to use the world around him to create his work - often leading to projects that feel "lived in". Often, the materials featured in the artists work are common items; starbucks cups, scraps of paper, or "foil wrapped chocolate bars" being a few of them. Aozaki's work has a "ready made" feel too it, with a grounding in minimalism.



In the collection “From Here to There”, Aozaki compiles a living map of the United States' most sprawling city. The kicker? The map is entirely made of handwritten directions that were given to him by strangers.



In Aozaki's write-up of the project, he describes the process saying;


"Pretending to be a tourist by wearing a souvenir cap and carrying a shopping bag of Century 21, a major tourist shopping place, I ask various New York pedestrians to draw a map to direct me to another location. I connect and place these small maps based on actual geography in order to make them function as parts of a larger map."



While the usability of the map is questionable - the time and patience behind this project isn’t. It's not often that you stumble across a project that connects so many people (without them even knowing). In this case, Aozaki becomes a conduit for the people he get's direction from to become closer to their community - and that's honestly a lot of fun.

Anyways - we hope you love this one as much as we do. If you get a chance, take the time to look through some of Aozaki's other projects at www.nobutakaaozaki.com








Comments


download (1).gif

More Tales From the Void

Subscribe to LONER

Updates, Articles, Archives, Event Invites,
Magazine Drops & Collab opportunities.

bottom of page