15×90 — A Personal Map of Wellesley College

“15×90” by Gloria Sun, 2019

My name is Gloria Sun. I am a student of the Wellesley College Class of 2020, studying Architecture, and formerly Biochemistry.

For my Spatial Investigations studio, our first assignment was to create a personal map of the campus.

Inspired by instant film, social media, Google map street views, field sampling procedures, natural materials, and a mindful way of living and observing, I came up with the following project: 15×90.

The basic premise was to document my weekly hike from my dorm to the off-campus “Ville”.

I divided the walk into 90 sections, calculating that each “sampling point” would be spaced 15 steps apart.

Every 15 paces, I would pause, capture the street view in a photograph, and collect an object either by my feet or nearby.

I printed these images on 4×6 in. Kodak with black frame, and arranged them in 3×6 grids, forming a series of five grids total.

Each object was also secured on the corresponding print. (The objects were documented as they were collected, to prevent confusion.)

The map is to be read up-down, then left-right. The result is a compressed walking tour of my personal experience moving through the campus space.

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This work has now been removed from display.

Photo by Markus Spiske

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