From Here to There
A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association
written by Kris Harzinsky
Princeton Architectural Press | ISBN 9781568988825
Paperback – 224 pages
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It's a situation we are all acquainted with: planning to visit friends in an unfamiliar part of the city, you draw yourself arudimentary map with detailed directions. In March 2008, graphic designer Kris Harzinski founded the Hand Drawn Map Association in order to collect just such drawings of the everyday. Fascinated by these accidental records of a moment in time, he soon amassed a wide variety of maps, ranging from simple directions to fictional maps, to maps of unusual places, including examples drawn by well-known historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Shackleton and Alexander Calder. From Here to There celebrates these ephemeral documents usually forgotten or tossed aside after having served their purpose. A young woman suffering from rheumatoid arthritis created maps of the Humira injections on her stomach and thighs to help her remember the sites, and give them time to heal. A young boy imagined a whole country for ants and put it to paper. Lucas from Australia drew an obsessively detailed map of his local traffic island, and a teenage girl contributed a map of her high school locker. Two American tourists got lost in the Bulgarian mountains following the hand drawn map of a local. The maps featured in From Here to There are as varied and touching as the stories they tell.