Crayon, Graphite, Ink, Rubbing
Cloth case, Hand-sewn
Library of Congress (LoC)
Media: wax crayon and graphite rubbing and drawing, ink, turmeric, curry powder, black pepper, and other media.
Binding: hand-sewn binding, cloth spine, wax rubbed cloth covers
Compass Rose is a project by Organik (Kurt Allerslev, Marshall Weber, and Christopher Wilde) featuring Kurt Allerslev’s fluid story of the iconic Compass Rose (from 1850) that steers the later history of New York City. Allerslev collected all the primary images in the book from sidewalk plaques and other urban surfaces throughout the city.
The compass rose has appeared on charts and maps since the 1300’s when the portolan charts first made their appearance. The term “rose” comes from the figure’s compass points resembling the petals of the well-known flower. Originally, this device was used to indicate the directions of the winds (and it was then known as a wind rose), but the 32 points of the compass rose come from the directions of the eight major winds, the eight half-winds, and the sixteen quarter-winds.