JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) has released this statement:
In a truly global work of art, Guinness World RecordsTM-holding GPS artist Yassan has created a massive, international artwork around the theme of world peace and in the process, is attempting to break his own record for the largest GPS drawing for the world to share.
With the help of Japan Airlines Company, Ltd and select member airlines of the oneworld® alliance, Yassan’s latest project covered over 65,700 miles (105,734 km), beginning in Tokyo and ending in Mexico, traveling through 6 continents and 24 cities, creating a planetary-scale GPS holiday message for the world. The finished piece of GPS art spells “PEACE” across the planet.
Creative agency STORIES® produced a documentary video holiday card containing images of Yassan’s journey and the people and places he encountered along the way to help send Yassan’s message of peace around the world.
In 2010, Guinness verified Yassan’s previous work as the world’s largest GPS drawing, where he spent 6 months traveling 4,451 miles across Japan to propose to his girlfriend. The image spelled out “MARRY ME” across the length and breadth of Japan’s three main islands, with a heart covering the northern island of Hokkaido. She accepted his proposal!
In order to create his GPS drawings, Yassan carries an iPhone and GPS tracker that records his location data as he travels. He then uploads this information to create a drawing on a map.
Yassan (Yasushi Takahashi) was born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan and graduated from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music . He is interested in geo-located media, and his work has been showcased in over 2,000 TV, print, news and web publications worldwide.
STORIES, LLC is a full-service production, commercial and literary management company based in Tokyo with international arm STORIES INTERNATIONAL INC., in Los Angeles. A subsidiary of SEGA and Hakuhodo DY Group, STORIES creates award-winning content by connecting Hollywood with international brands.
Founded in 1951, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd became Japan’s first international airline. A member of the oneworld® alliance, JAL now reaches more than 305 airports in 51 countries and regions together with its codeshare partners with a modern fleet of more than 220 aircraft.