Hiroyuki Masuyama

You can try and understand physics formulas or read complex philosophical books about time and space. But the better option is to watch the work of Hiroyuki Masuyama (Japan). He built the universe to scale in his installation O, and made a 27-meter panorama photo of his journey around the world, photographed through a plane window.

0 & Journey Around the World

The installation 0 (2010) is a wooden sphere with a little door through which you can see the entire universe. With a star chart in hand, Masuyama punched 30 thousand holes, big and small, in the place of stars and other celestial bodies. By using glass fibre in the tiny holes, the light is spread evenly across the entire universe, from the North to the South Pole.

‘When I look in the distance, that means I’m looking at the past,’ writes Hiroyuki Masuyama (Japan, 1968) in his book Zeit-Reise (2016). Masuyama lives and works in Düsseldorf and is famous in Germany and beyond. His work deals with travel and our understanding of time and space.

Journey Around the World (2003) is a literal representation of a trip around the world: a 27-meter wide panorama picture. In just 42 hours, he flew from Frankfurt to Bangkok, Tokyo, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, and back to Frankfurt. Every twenty seconds he photographed Earth through the plane window: 7500 photos in total. We see it becoming day and night, cities and mountains coming and going. ‘A documentation of time and space’, Masuyama calls it.