Zac Langdon-Pole’s Art Journey
Published by Hatje Cantz, 2019
Ed. BMW Group Munich
Texts by Christina Barton, Thomas Girst, Zac Langdon-Pole, Tendai John Mutambu, Marc Spiegler
Graphic design by Double Standards
256 pp., 243 ills.
17.5 x 24 cm
Zac Langdon-Pole’s BMW Art Journey took him across a world that humans and birds have been navigating through millennia. He followed the flight paths of birds like the white stork or the arctic tern, traveling along the earth’s axis where the Northern and Southern Hemispheres’ summers intersect. Migrating birds cover some of the longest distances traveled by any living being. Their routes have guided the Polynesian pathfinders across the seas. Inspired by this ancient celestial tracing, the artist questions the position of humans as the center of the world. Weaving through Central Europe, Southern Africa, and the Pacific Islands of Samoa and Hawaii, he seeks to understand how culture intersects with the science of celestial mapping—and from there flows into larger existential inquiries about who we are and how we are situated in the world.