13 Victoria municipalities are re-interpreted by chronicling the process of navigating within them.

  • collected free Victoria public maps from downtown
  • photocopied maps to eliminate colour
  • walked to Central Library reference section, researched telephone books and maps
  • read a book about Christos and Jeanne-Claude
  • considered wrapping an outdoor structure
  • walked to City Archives and browsed old maps of Victoria
  • became fully mesmerized with green tarp wrap enveloping the Hudson Bay Building
  • continued to City Hall and found: a colorful map of Beacon Hill Park, a complete private washroom on the second floor, a compact map of Victoria’s neighborhoods by council assignment from the engineering department
  • walked to Open Space to experiment with printing on vellum paper
  • returned to City Archives with vellum paper and printed old maps
  • allowed the project simmer for a few days
  • enjoyed brief meeting with the Minister of Casual Living
  • snipped maps into odd geometric shapes and layered them
  • remembered Buckminster Fuller’s jagged map called: Alternative Sectional Arangements of Aerocian World Maps, 1943
  • culled this map from personal collection and studied it
  • planned to carve two dimensional shapes to match the tighltly sectioned council assignment map (token master map)
  • rode bike to the Ministry to attach a surface of thin, ribbed brown paper rectangles with magic tape to the wall
  • given the smooth key for later entry into the gallery
  • rode bike to Vancouver Island School of Art to continue photocopying
  • 18 copies later, stopped and sought out foam core
  • given foam core from Wendy’s storage
  • cut out the map with utility knife
  • intended to layer foam core cut-outs with vellum and glue stick
  • discussed with J.L. and W.W. and stored shapes in janitor’s closet
  • returned two days later with collaborator michael jess to collect shapes
  • mounted slightly elevated, stark white shapes onto brown ribbed surface with straight pins to give them the appearance of floating
  • hung michael’s maps on the adjacent wall
  • invented a legend for the piece titled R.N.A.V.
  • morphed new names for neighborhoods over a good coffee with michael
  • chatted with visitors
  • later, over a night walk with friends, justified the new neighborhood names: “James Bay is like the skirt over the flank of the ocean!”, “of course downtown should be pedestrian only”, “who is Harris?”.