The auto brand's cultural engagement that supports today's most promising artists is sending winner Zac Langdon-Pole around the world to study how ancient peoples mapped the stars, ending in an Art Basel presentation

Human fascination with the stars is one of the commonalities across all cultures, but how those stars have been mapped can vary greatly. That’s what BMW Art Journey winner, Zac Langdon-Pole, is setting out to study with his project, ‘Sutures of the Sky: A Journey Tracing Obscured Histories of the Heavens.’

Throughout this project, Langdon-Pole journeys across the world studying ancient celestial maps and methodology. His art journey is intended to investigate how culture intersects with the science of star mapping, and subsequently how it influences larger existential questions about human identity and location in an increasingly global world, BMW summarizes in a press release.

He will be visiting the European cities of London, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Dordrecht, Paris, Montignac and Marseille in the first leg. In the second, he will travel to Mauna Kea and Honolulu in Hawai’i and the Marshall Islands. The final leg will see Langdon-Pole in Apia and Savai’i in Samoa, and also in New Zealand. All along the way, he will consult with experts on the tradition of the country’s traditions of mapping and understanding, the stars.

His journey will conclude with a presentation of his final work at the Art Basel 2019 show. BMW’s Art Journey program is intended to help the auto retailer remain culturally involved by not only engaging with but also producing contemporary art, supporting today’s promising artists and maintaining its reputation as a tastemaker.

BMW Art Journey

Human fascination with the stars is one of the commonalities across all cultures, but how those stars have been mapped can vary greatly. That’s what BMW Art Journey winner, Zac Langdon-Pole, is setting out to study with his project, ‘Sutures of the Sky: A Journey Tracing Obscured Histories of the Heavens.’

Throughout this project, Langdon-Pole journeys across the world studying ancient celestial maps and methodology. His art journey is intended to investigate how culture intersects with the science of star mapping, and subsequently how it influences larger existential questions about human identity and location in an increasingly global world, BMW summarizes in a press release.