Some indigenous people who had lived many years in the jungle visited a savannah for the first time in their lives and, upon seeing a human figure in that vast expanse, commented that People around here are very small. Small people, to them, represented literal reality; it was not a metaphor. We may laugh at them as being childlike, but when the contemporary architect I remarks: Its as if a large model itself becomes a building, cant we say that something similar to that story is taking place? What if someone looked at an actual building and said, That model is very large? Naoya Hatakeyama Scales is the result of a commission by the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montréal, given to Naoya Hatakeyama to create a work in response to photographs of architectural models in the Collection. In this beautifully produced book, featuring tipped-in plates and an 8-page gatefold, the artist presents his three series New York / Tobu World Square, 20032004; New York / Window of the World, 2006; and Tokyo / Mori Building, 2003. Scales accompanies Hatakeyamas solo exhibition at the this Autumn. It includes a text by the author and illuminating essays by Hubertus von Amelunxen and Louise Désy.
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