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DePree Gallery

Outside Hope College in Holland, Michigan, a marker honors a University without people from the fictional Kcymaerxthaereal times. 


Created by Geographer-at-Large Eames Demetrios, Kcymaerxthaere is a “parallel universe that intersects with much of our linear Earth, but with different stories, creatures, peoples, even laws of physics and qualities of existence.”  It has been likened to a novel with every page in a different place. What makes the Kcymaerxthaere project particularly interesting is that Demetrios installs informative markers and historical sites at the locations in our world that connect to his world, creating real world intersections with his imagined universe. For the months of August and September, 2014, Demetrios acted as our first ever Geographer-in-Residence and his Kcymaerxthaere locations continue to be featured all over the Atlas. To learn more see our introductory article here

This plaque concerns the aftermath of the Battle of the Platte, specifically the fate of Minotsuna Tano, a leading warlord in the army of Nobunaga-Gaisen (also known as Nobunaga the Younger). The bloodletting at that Battle was truly horrific as two epic armies, Gaisen and the Urushiol, collided with a devastating shatter. Ironically, the Urushiol would later find themselves allied with former enemies during the fighting known as The Madness.  

After years of wandering to erase trauma from his mind, Tano settled here and formed what some called the university without people. He crafted them out of the things he found here. The word Nozoimi means “hope” in the Nipponic Dialect, though few believe he ever used the word again.


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Plaque is located in front of the DePree Art Center on the Hope College campus.

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