Lost: Tokyo Underground

Maya Ohashi and Izumi Takayama
Artist's Book: As Tokyo's primary public transport, the underground currently connects 285 stations via 13 lines, and more than 6 million people use this system everyday. Through its history for about 90 years, the bounds of both railway and underground passages have expanded and each station has become as complicated as an ant colony. Moreover, due to structural deterioration, some aged stations are now being redeveloped and the routes of each station are rapidly changing. In such a situation, even a regular user of these stations might get lost and needs to look for signs to the destination. This artists' book features the Tokyo underground in a transition period and represents the sight of an imaginary visitor who is wandering through the huge labyrinth.


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