Thursday, March 19, 2009

art inspiration: cartography

it might be bad that i discovered the website radical cartography. i could spend hours looking through maps. in addition to traditional land maps, the site also catalogs maps of uranium production, constellations, currency regions, and shopping malls, among many other odd/awesome things. from an aesthetic perspective, i am particularly drawn to a series of maps of the alluvial valley of the lower mississippi river (from 1944).

6 comments:

andrea said...

we are making treasure maps at rice this week. they are SOOO much fun

gportelli said...

your 1st link takes me to this:
Hopf & Wortmann: Liquid Raindrop Pendant Lamp Large.
was that meant for the previous post?

Paul said...

I can see why Andy Goldsworthy is inspired by river bends. Those maps are beautiful. I also like these maps showing the scale of the Apollo 11 landing site compared to a soccer field and baseball diamond: http://history.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/A11vsFootball.gif
http://history.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/A11vsFootball.gif

Paul said...

here is the baseball diamond: http://history.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/A11vsMLB.gif

Lizzie said...

thanks gina - i fixed the link.
paul- those maps are fun too, i like scale comparisons... also, the woodland luminaries site looks awesome.

munchies said...

I love those maps! Thanks for sharing :)

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