'Nozoimi' – Holland, Michigan - Atlas Obscura

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


Kcymaerxthaere is an art project created by Eames Demetrios. A series of plaques and other markers around the world honor events that have taken place in a parallel universe that, according to Demetrios, “co-exists to some degree with ours.” Most of these installations are bronze or stone plaques inscribed with stories but some are larger, even entire buildings. As of 2021, there are more than 140 sites spread across six continents and 30 countries.

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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