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James Gulliver Hancock plans to draw all the buildings in New York
So this Australian guy, James Gulliver Hancock, is planning on drawing all 900,000 (approximately according to the department of Finance) buildings in NYC. He made a blog for it - allthebuildingsinnewyork.com - and has already posted more than 500 drawings to the site. His inspiration for the project comes from his initial feeling that he was living on a movie set when he first moved to New York. According to Hancock, drawing the buildings helps him "actually pay attention and discover the humanity in these structures." I guess its true that most New Yorkers pay no attention to architecture. I can say that from personal experience, it is so easy to fall into a routine and be worried about where you need to get next and how late you are and the throngs of tourists that are in your way making you even later. This is an interesting project, it is only a way for the artist himself to connect with the city. Last summer, Antony Gormley's life sized body sculptures were scattered around Madison Square Park. There were even some sculptures on top of surrounding buildings. The principle of the project was "the gaze" - looking, finding, seeking, and in the process perhaps re-assessing your own relation to the park and the city. After seeing this project, I have definitely made a point of looking up from street level and re-assessing where I actually am and what is surrounding me.