Jan Robert Leegte — Google Maps as a Sculpture series

A reoccurring theme in Jan Robert Leegte’s work is the sculptural materiality of computer program interfaces and how a new context can give the components of interfaces their own, sculptural legitimacy. Here, in Google Maps as a Sculpture, we see a portion of perhaps the most revered accurate mapping there is today (Google Maps) wrapped around a cube. We assume the surface of the map represents an actual location/s on the planet. However, out of context and being randomly obtained, we do not know where. Printed, manipulated and presented in this physical format, Leegte highlights how easily this accurate information is rendered useless, through simple sculptural abstraction. The exact location on the map, whilst it must exist, remains obscured, transforming into a material surface. (Text excerpt from Neumeister Bar-Am Gallery)

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