Anna Randal for Art-Sheep
Jerry Gretzinger is a 80-year-old man who spend a whole lifetime creating a self-contained imaginary game world using cards.
Spreading over more than 2,500 sheets of A4 paper, Jerry works on his project everyday during his coffee break, deciding which sheet he will work on according to which card he draws from a specially customized deck.
His world involves airports, high courts, capital buildings, railroad stations, cemeteries, commercial blocks, providing for its population, while he keeps a record of the places he adds on his map. He uses different colors to mark different altitudes, while tickets, drawings and photographs are constantly being added, creating a collage effect.
According to Jerry, “I estimate that I have averaged 20 minutes a day over 30 years. I stopped working on this project in about 1983, and it was stored in my attic until 2003 when my son, Henry, found it. He brought the box down to me and said, “’Hey, Dad! What is this? And can I have it?’ I got re-inspired and took up working on it every day… So I have worked on this for a total of 219,000 minutes. If I worked eight hours a day that would come to 456.25 days or 1 year and 3 months. To have “wasted” 15 months of my 70 years and nine months doesn’t seem too bad.”