Real-life maps proving difficult to adjust to after playing video games for too long? Never fear, Brooklyn-based artist Shinji Murakami simplifies cityscapes into a palatable 8-bit dimension. Using a collection of stamps, the artist reinterprets recognizable maps into fields of pixelated, game-inspired icons.
Growing up, Murakami was obsessed with Nintendo video games, with a particular taste for titles such as Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong. When he wasn't thumbing through the pages of game strategy books, he would often re-imagine the world around him as parts of his favorite games. It was only a matter of time before he began creating artworks based on these childhood fantasies.
Central Park (remake), 2012
Although many of the works capture relatively small moments, we can just imagine how the accumulation of these could form a complex network map of the entire city (it would definitely make commuting more fun!). Alternatively, we can just imagine what would happen if these stamps got into the hands of some Situationists...
Shake Shack - Madison Square Park, 2011
Edo Period Japan