Mapping Manhattan.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

As part of an ongoing project he calls Here to There, Japanese artist Nobutaka Aozaki is creating a map of Manhattan made entirely of smaller, hand-drawn maps. Aozaki roams the city streets, asking passersby for directions; he then connects the drawings to form an illustrated patchwork - the map-in-progress is pictured below. (I especially love the paper plate portion of the East Village.)


A few photos of the artist, gathering material:


Visit Nobutaka Aozaki's website, here. (And check out his Names on Starbucks Cups project, which tracks the many misspellings of Nobutaka's name by Starbucks employees. As someone with a name that often elicits double takes, I can appreciate it.)

15 comments:

sui said...

wow, this is so cute and creative! I also love the starbucks cup project; I never go to starbucks, but I remember giving fake names at Jamba Juice all the time. I usually don't expect people to spell or pronounce my name correctly (it's "sway") and I usually spell it out for people if they're going to have to write it down for a drink..... though that leads to mispronunciations when I actually get the drink. :)

I had someone spell my name correctly by just hearing it without me spelling it out recently, and I was floored! it was the first time it had ever happened, hahaha.

dee said...

this is all sorts of awesome!

dee said...

oops! i didn't realize I wasn't signed in for my earlier comment. sorry!

anyway, just re-iterating. ;) this project is all sorts of awesome.

tara said...

Oh my f***ing god this so cool and creative! Wow! I am so impressed. What a cool project. I love things like this. How do people have the patience?! :) By far one of my favorites you've shared!

Camila Faria said...

This is amazing an, oh so creative! Also love the Names on Starbucks Cups project. Genious!

Akiko said...

Wow this is such a great idea and love the unique map so much! I agree I love the paper plate part too. What a creative project! xo akiko
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Kathy said...

This makes me want to walk the length of Manhattan and see if I can get where I need to go without my phone.

Anonymous said...

this is the coolest! how creative!

Shoko said...

Sui, you have such a beautiful name!

Tara, I'm so glad :)

Kathy, yes!!

Keri said...

i want to try this sometime - awesome!

eileen ragan | leaner by the lake said...

This is way way cool!!!

eileen ragan | leaner by the lake

Heather said...

I love this! And would be happy to help him fill in the west side of upper Manhattan! ;)

little t said...

So cool! I love when people draw maps for me - it really helps with whatever way my mind processes directions. I'm about 75% more likely to get there with a map, hand-drawn or otherwise.

Shoko said...

T, me too! I'm very directionally challenged, so I can use all the help I can get :)

dervla | the curator said...

have you seen this book that just came out, Mapping Manhattan? http://www.amazon.com/Mapping-Manhattan-Sometimes-Yorkers-ebook/dp/B00C6ACUAA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377717232&sr=8-1&keywords=mapping+manhattan

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