Check Out These Detailed Diorama Maps of New York City by Sohei Nishino

Diorama Map, New York, February-July 2006
Diorama Map, New York, February-July 2006
Photo: Sohei Nishino

In 2006, Japanese artist Sohei Nishino used hundreds of tiny photographs of Manhattan to create a highly intricate diorama map of Manhattan. Nishino explains his approach to the art:

Cities are always “amplifying” themselves repeatedly. They emerge and disappear as they continue to integrate themselves. With a camera in hand, I walk through specific cities to take photographs-- those of birds' eye views, of views captured by looking up above me or views from various locations along the road. Thereafter, referring to the map, I put together on various canvases all the "fragments" that I have captured, so as to reconstruct my memories to enable myself to render into images the specificity of the respective cities and the appearance of "the present" whose glimpse the cities have given me.

You can check out Nishino's New York diorama map, as well as maps he has created for other cities worldwide, at his current exhibit in the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in Chelsea.

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