Maps can be beautiful. Designed to engage and inform maps have long been forever used with an artistic license to influence and ensnare the hearts of the best of us. Now simple abstract geometry and shapes are increasingly providing the development of seemingly nonsensical yet meaningful place through modern art. Here’s a couple of the most interesting pieces I’ve seen…
Abstract collage: Chris Kenny – http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/10/view/3379/new-map-art-by-chris-kenny.html
Chris Kenny uses parts of maps to create abstract representations of place. He achieves a sense of topography by layering places so they appear to be of different relative heights.
Susan Stockwell – maps from things: http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/crafts-magazine/news/view/2011/susan-stockwells-world?from=/crafts-magazine/news/list/2011/10
Susan uses the everyday objects to make maps and sometimes everyday things from maps – symbolising culture and how we create it. This example ‘World’ sees recycled circuit boards used to create a representation of the traditional world map.
Matthew Cusick – Things from maps: http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/meticulously-detailed-map-art
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