Hiromitsu Akiba (Japan)
I was drawn in by the bold way this piece takes the parts of buildings usually covered or out of view behind us and brings them to the forefront in a collage.
The artist takes this alphabet series to create a beautiful array of sculptural, written forms. This works off of the idea of rough, large buildings in the city becoming simple letters at the same time that it brings out the unseen parts of the city and expands our awareness as viewers of the metropolis.
I assume the pieces used in the collage were collected from sites in Japan, where the artist lives. However, while the pieces suggest an Asian theme, the subject of the alphabet is something universal. I think the fact that this piece contains both elements will make it intriguing for a range of audiences.