Staying on the other side of the globe makes me wonder about distances.
If you wish to send something to an address far away many people are involved to make this work. By visually printing the address on the envelope those people are encouraged to interact about the final destination of the item. Machines have a hard time interpreting this kind of information. It requires knowledge of the local situation to deliver a message that is crossing the planet.
The delivery address on the front were made by zooming into Google Maps. Step by step zooming to the addressee’s mailbox (map of the world >>> mailbox). On the back of the envelope the address of the sender was shown by zooming out (mailbox >>> map of the world)
This envelope was mailed on 15 and 24 January 2007 from Kyoto, Japan to Amsterdam, The Netherlands.