January 26, 2015
A friend sent me this over the weekend (Thank you). I can’t believe I’d manage to miss it before: This example of where creativity starts, where it can lead, and all the beautiful and strange things it encompasses, moved me.
Jerry’s Map began with a doodle in the summer of 1963.
As Jerry Gretzinger explains “I began drawing a map of an imaginary city. The work started as a doodle done in the spare time I had while working at a tedious job. I continued to add to that map through the years until, in 1983, I set it aside to put my free time to other use. The Map was stored in the attic of our home in Cold Spring, New York. It gathered dust. My son, Henry, found it one day while rummaging around. He brought it down to me and asked what it was. Seeing it then triggered me to dust it off and continue the project. It now comprises almost 3100 individual eight by ten inch panels. Its execution, in acrylic, marker, colored pencil, ink, collage, and inkjet print on heavy paper, is dictated by the interplay between an elaborate set of rules and randomly generated instructions.”
Grab a coffee and watch the video below – it’s a great way to start your week.