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Form Follows Fairytale: The Handcut World of the Emperor’s Castle


By Thomas Hillier

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The Emperor’s Castle originates from a mythical and ancient tale hidden within a woodblock landscape scene created by Japanese Ukiyo-e printmaker, Ando Hiroshige.  It’s a fantastical theatre of surreal spatial thresholds sited in central Tokyo that uses narrative as a vehicle to examine current day cultural and social issues within Japan.  The project started its life in blank sketchbooks that were cut, folded, drawn, sewn, glued and collaged together to construct a sequence of improbable marriages between location and fantasy, occupying a world that is both real and surreal.

Thomas Hillier was birthed and raised in the always-sunny County of Dorset in the South of England.  In 2008 he graduated with a Masters in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) under the tutorship of Professor CJ Lim.  Thomas is a spatial storyteller who attempts to look at architecture from a different perspective, using unorthodox narratives and programmes to create original and surreal observations with a particular interest in how literature can be directly translated into urban and architectural space.  Read more spatial stories at www.thomashillier.co.uk


September 21, 2012