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Up soon: San Francisco like you’ve never seen it before.

Sohei Nishino, Diorama Map London, 2010.


Four thousand photos may not strike you as excessive in this iPhone age, but whew—get a load of Japanese artist Sohei Nishino’s “diorama maps” on display at SFMOMA this fall, including a new cartographical representation of San Francisco made specifically for the exhibit.

For his maps, Nishino snaps thousands of images of a city’s buildings, roadways, people—everything. Then, after printing the images, he cuts them out of contact sheets and hand-glues them onto a board as a giant, semi-realistic—and yet strangely disproportional and surreal-looking—map. Google Maps this ain’t.

“New Work: Sohei Nishino” will be on view from November 4 through February 26, 2017.


Originally published in the September issue of San Francisco 

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