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TOKYO UNDERGROUND

ARTIST'S BOOK/May 2014
paper, 8books filled in a box
created with Izumi Takeyama >>website
exhibited at Street Road Artists Space (Philadelphia, US)

 As the primary public transport in Tokyo, the underground currently connects 285 stations via 13 lines, and more than 6 million people use this system every day. Through its 90-year history, both railway and underground passages have expanded and therefore each station yard has become complicated, the whole resembling a colony of ants. Moreover, due to structural deterioration, some aged stations are now facing redevelopment and routes are rapidly changing.
 In such a situation, even a regular user of the underground can get lost and needs to look for signs to the destination.
 This artwork features the Tokyo underground in a transition period and represents the sights of an imaginary visitor, forging a path through this huge labyrinth.


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