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Italo Calvino wrote Invisible Cities in 1972. In his book, some cities are made out of garbage, others are constantly in construction. Nearly forty years later, his cities are even more accurate conceptions of our urban arrangements. Rather than illustrating Calvino's cities in my papercuttings, I was interested in visualizing the structure of his narrated stories in a contemporary context.

My "Invisible Cities" are three nine-yard long papercuttings completed in 2008. I cut the three layers together, then separately. While the skylines are similar, the papercuttings show different versions of a world in transition. The "whole nine yards" format requires viewers to discover the territories as in an atlas, where every place is connected.

 

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