"Washington-based husband-and-wife team Robbie and Kara Johnson have opened up an online store—“Below The Boat”—that offers beautifully-made, multi-layered wooden maps that shows what lies beneath lakes, rivers and oceans.
Handcrafted in Michigan, these unconventional topographic maps provides a rare insight into the under-explored underwater landscapes—which are often no less stunning than their counterparts on land.
Consisting of stacked layers of Baltic birch, the patterns are laser-cut and glued together to portray the troughs and peaks of ocean floors, lake and river beds. ”
Are Paper Maps Obsolete? - Olaf’s Corner
"But that GPS Lady who verbally gives you directions is only concerned about getting you from here to there in the quickest, most efficient way possible. She cares nothing for the “blue highways,” as writer William Least Heat-Moon calls them — the small, forgotten, out-of-the-way roads (which were drawn in blue on the old-time Rand McNally road atlas) where you’re likely to encounter the things you didn’t plan on: a remote nature reserve, an encounter with a bear, or even a great diner that serves an exceptional piece of pie.
GPS Lady doesn’t understand when you don’t follow her instructions and reprimands you with a stern word of “recalculating” when you venture off her chosen route.”
”But by never taking a wrong turn or never feeling that heart-pounding thump when you believe for a moment that you’re totally lost in a strange land takes away from how we’ll experience adventure in the future. Adventure will no longer be in the journey but solely in the destination.”
Urban Carpet by Instant Hutong
"Series of 8 maps embroidered on canvas with the same technique of the propaganda slogans realized on large fabric and used by the communist party during the seventies, which have been lately filled with white thread wool insertions. The 8 maps depict different Hutong areas in downtown Beijing, with a size of approximately one square kilometre each and a population of 30000; these areas have been isolated as autonomous towns within the big city. "
“Toronto-based artist Jazzberry Blue has created a series of maps which feature the big cities of the world.
Using bright colors and geometric shapes, the artist draws the viewer’s attention to the shape of the city.
While some, like New Delhi, are more concentric in nature, others cities like New York look like neatly arranged rectangles. ”
“Karen O’Leary is further proof that cartography can be made art. Her hand-drawn and hand-cut paper maps bear with it an intricacy and dedication to a craft only an artist can boast.
All the pieces in her city map series is meticulously crafted by hand; each road, highway and building of the city carefully cut away to produce a cobweb-like version of street maps. ”
3D Perspective Mapping by Pau Pausa
"The shapes behind each sculpture share a memory or a personal experience about the city. This installation goes beyond a simple form, allowing the observer to discovera collective spatial perception through storytelling. "