Get Lost! (NYC), 2010
site-specific intervention, documentation, archival pigment prints, Dimensions Variable
The “Get Lost!” project restores NYC’s Metropolitan Transit
Authority’s subway maps, signs and place names, to what they may
have geographically looked, and sounded like prior to colonial
intervention in 1609. Documented through photography,
the restorations based on 18th century cartography and toponymy
erase 400 years of accumulated history, place names,
neighborhoods, and subway lines, returning Mannahatta to it’s
original green spaces, streams, ponds, and shores the Lenni Lenape
Indians once inhabited.
Returned and inserted back into the subway system in guerrilla
fashion, these restorations provide riders a glimpse of the native, colonial, and military traces of New York City, and an opportunity
to get lost in time and space.