The Utopian Land of Ukrania – Himani Vinodrai
Gretzinger setting up on of his exhibitions. (Click on the image for the source.)

Jerry Gretzinger is an American architect and developer who is now the proud owner of the map of this vivid imaginary city called Utopia. It started off as a hobby and now, after over 30 years of addition, his map spans a gigantic 3200 panels, 8 inches by 10 inches each.

His draws for about 20 minutes everyday and plays between an elaborate set of rules and randomly generated instructions written by him on a deck of cards. He picks a card at random everyday, and whatever the card says is what he’ll implement in his map for the day.

A deck of 114 cards determines what Jerry works on each day.

Through this, he is trying to show the naïve nature of the natural growth of a city. It does not know what lies ahead for it, but it grows in the direction of a trigger, which are usually social, economic or political changes in real life.

His famous map is executed in an array of mediums such as acrylic, marker, colored pencil, ink, collage, etc. This changed can be seen evidently over the course of these 30 years he’s spent mapping. He makes a few changes every time he feels like it.

His work is now exhibited in galleries around the world and a few of his pieces are also on sale. The display is put up in a rather unique way as if the viewers are actually entering his land of Ukrania.

Vue de l’exposition « Le Bord des Mondes », Palais de Tokyo, 2015.

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This website is a compilation of work done by students of INDUS University, Ahmedabad. The course was a two week long module where they engaged with mapping and unfloding the many layers of small public spaces in Ahmedabad city. This course was taught by Mansi Shah

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