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Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn

Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn portraits maps illustration
Ink on a 1973 road map of Germany

Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn portraits maps illustration
Pencil on a Bartholomew map of Pembroke

Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn portraits maps illustration
Pencil on a Bartholomew map of Galloway

Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn portraits maps illustration
Ink on a ’30 Miles Around’ map of Bournemouth

Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn portraits maps illustration
Ink on a street map of Cambridge

Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn portraits maps illustration
Work in progress

Artist Ed Fairburn utilizes the chaotic patchwork of roads, trains, and rivers printed on maps as the framework for his large-scale portraits. Almost like a sculptor carving a subject from a block of stone, or a constellation highlighted in a clump of stars, Fairburn uses meticulous ink or pencil crosshatching to create portraits hidden amongst the topographical features. You can see much more of his work over on Facebook. (via artchipel)

An Abstract Collage of Beijing Neighborhoods Creates a Colorful Stencil on a Dilapidated Courtyard Wall

An Abstract Collage of Beijing Neighborhoods Creates a Colorful Stencil on a Dilapidated Courtyard Wall street art maps graffiti China

An Abstract Collage of Beijing Neighborhoods Creates a Colorful Stencil on a Dilapidated Courtyard Wall street art maps graffiti China

An Abstract Collage of Beijing Neighborhoods Creates a Colorful Stencil on a Dilapidated Courtyard Wall street art maps graffiti China

An Abstract Collage of Beijing Neighborhoods Creates a Colorful Stencil on a Dilapidated Courtyard Wall street art maps graffiti China

An Abstract Collage of Beijing Neighborhoods Creates a Colorful Stencil on a Dilapidated Courtyard Wall street art maps graffiti China

BlinkingCity is a unique collaboration between Marcella Campa and Stefano Avesani. The duo created this colorful abstract collage using several maps from the rapidly transforming Hutong neighborhoods in Beijing. Here’s how they describe it:

Blinking City is a project investigating the inadequacy of traditional maps for city environments characterized by fast pace transformation and urban growth. As soon as the map is done, the city it describes has already gone. We transferred one of the Blinking City pattern, based on a collage of several Hutong neighbourhoods of Beijing, onto a wall of a dilapidated courtyard house in Xianyukou district, located in the core of the city.

See much more of the project over on Behance.

A Miniature City Built with Metal Typography

A Miniature City Built with Metal Typography typography sculpture maps

A Miniature City Built with Metal Typography typography sculpture maps

A Miniature City Built with Metal Typography typography sculpture maps

A Miniature City Built with Metal Typography typography sculpture maps

Type City is a recent artwork by artist Hong Seon Jang that uses pieces of movable type from a printing press to create an elaborate cityscape. It’s fascinating to watch as the need for printed books and typography wanes, the unused objects themselves are more frequently used as an actual medium. Jang also completed a much larger Type City in 2009. Also, if you liked this, make sure you watch the creation of Ephemicropolis by Peter Root, a city built from 100,000 staples. Images courtesy Hong Seon Jang and David B. Smith Gallery. (via quipsologies)

Cartographic Birds and Plants by Claire Brewster

Cartographic Birds and Plants by Claire Brewster paper maps birds

Cartographic Birds and Plants by Claire Brewster paper maps birds

Cartographic Birds and Plants by Claire Brewster paper maps birds

Cartographic Birds and Plants by Claire Brewster paper maps birds

Cartographic Birds and Plants by Claire Brewster paper maps birds

Cartographic Birds and Plants by Claire Brewster paper maps birds

Cartographic Birds and Plants by Claire Brewster paper maps birds

Paper artist Claire Brewster has been living and working in London for over 20 years, meticulously cutting these birds, flowers and plants from old maps. See more of her work on her blog. (via job’s wife)

Bird Boxes by John Dilnot

Bird Boxes by John Dilnot sculpture paper maps birds

Bird Boxes by John Dilnot sculpture paper maps birds

Bird Boxes by John Dilnot sculpture paper maps birds

Bird Boxes by John Dilnot sculpture paper maps birds

Bird Boxes by John Dilnot sculpture paper maps birds

John Dilnot is a man after my own heart. Using clipped illustrations of birds and months he arranges them to create beautiful dioramas within wooden boxes. Dilnot frequently lines the interiors with antique maps and arranges the birds in small flocks, setting them on perpetual cartographic journeys. You can see an archive of John’s work here and some boxes that are still available here. He also sells prints and postcards, just get in touch. Y’know, I was in a terrible New Age band in high school called Perpetual Cartographic Journeys but that’s a story for another time. (via staceythinx)

Airport Runway Screenprints by Nomo

Airport Runway Screenprints by Nomo screen printing posters and prints maps Chicago airplanes

Airport Runway Screenprints by Nomo screen printing posters and prints maps Chicago airplanes

Airport Runway Screenprints by Nomo screen printing posters and prints maps Chicago airplanes

Chicago architect and designer Jerome Daksiewicz of Nomo Design has just released a new series of screenprints that illustrate the various configurations of major world airports. Right now he currently has editions for Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles International, and Minneapolis St-Paul, but will soon be adding an additional five cities. Two dollars from every purchase goes to the Challenge Air Program that introduces children with specials needs to aviation.

The Art of Geometry

I’ve encountered a cavalcade of great geometric sculptures and installations this week, so as usual I’ve grouped them all together for your perusal. Thanks to the artists for providing information and images for this post.

The Art of Geometry sculpture paper maps installation geometric

The Art of Geometry sculpture paper maps installation geometric

The Art of Geometry sculpture paper maps installation geometric

FOLDS is a beautiful installation by David Mesguich and Valentin Van der Meulen that first appeared in 2009 at Maison des Arts de Malakoff, and again in 2010 at Art Paris 2010. The piece is made from numerous polypropylene shapes and creates a somewhat haunting anatomical amalgam of face and skull.

The Art of Geometry sculpture paper maps installation geometric

Some fantastic map folding by David Lu.

The Art of Geometry sculpture paper maps installation geometric

The Art of Geometry sculpture paper maps installation geometric

Titled Wandering Territory this new piece by Anna Garforth (previously) was created for the Pop Up exhibition at MOTI, and will eventually tour Europe. The piece also made an appearance on the front cover of Holland’s largest newspaper De Volkskrant. Anna, I would like to request on behalf of the entire internet that the rest of the animal kingdom be completed in this fashion.

The Art of Geometry sculpture paper maps installation geometric

Hey look it’s Anna Garforth again with her beautiful Kusudama light.

The Art of Geometry sculpture paper maps installation geometric

And lastly another beautifully folded kusudama using a world map by Jenny Brial (previously).

Jennny Brial’s Pins and Maps

Jennny Brials Pins and Maps sculpture multiples maps

Jennny Brials Pins and Maps sculpture multiples maps

Jennny Brials Pins and Maps sculpture multiples maps

Jennny Brials Pins and Maps sculpture multiples maps

Jennny Brials Pins and Maps sculpture multiples maps

I’m really enjoying these pin and map works by Paris-based artist Jenny Brial. Stick a bunch of pins in something, especially walls or maps and I’m generally sold. If you liked these pieces, also check out the works of Shannon Rankin, Katie Lewis and Evan Drolet Cook. (via oriental)

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