Jan Estep, Searching for Ludwig Wittgenstein, Lake Eidsvatnet, Skjolden, Sogn, Norway, four-color offset print, illustrated folded sheet map, 2007.
 The illustrated map Searching for Ludwig Wittgenstein, Lake Eidsvatnet, Skjolden, Sogn, Norway documents a hut that Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) commissioned in the small fjord-side village of Skjolden, Norway, where he went to write off and on during his lifetime. The hut is perched on the side of a mountain that overlooks Lake Eidsvatnet, and is quite isolated. Only sections of the stone foundation remain, and a dirt trail leads up to the hut. However, prior to my project the site was not formally mapped, save for a quick sketch drawn by Wittgenstein to its location. Curious about his northern retreat, in 2005, while a visiting artist-scholar at the Wittgenstein Archive, University of Bergen, Norway, I traveled to the Skjolden to search for the hut. Using Wittgenstein's sketch as my guide, I hiked along the lake's edge and up into the mountain woods, collecting video and photography along the route. Once I returned home, I produced a series of large-scale photographs, a set of large inkjet printed trail drawings, a video, and this illustrated folded sheet map. The resulting map includes site photographs, comparative drawings of the trail to the hut's remains, biographical information about the philosopher, as well as a long essay about Wittgenstein's ideas, his time in Norway, and my search for the hut.
When the map is exhibited in a gallery, copies are stacked on a low pedestal, and viewers are free to take one from the pile. The maps are also often accompanied by related photographs, video, and drawings. See the Wittgenstein Project page for related works and more installation views.