The Atlas of True Names by cartographers Stephan Hormes and Silke Peust maps the United States replacing place names with their literal meanings. For pretty much the complete opposite, see these maps of European stereotypes.
It bewilders me that that they didn’t give the Hogwarts first years maps
have fun navigating an ancient castle full of shit that could literally kill you by yourselves suckers
Aaron Foster (USA) - USA License Plate Map
To most, a discarded license plate is simply scrap metal. To Aaron Foster, it’s art. Since childhood, Foster has had a unique ability to see the beauty in every day things, and possessed the gift of recognizing the infinite artistic possibilities that a simple inanimate object may hold. This unique approach to life has guided Aaron to thrive not only as an artist, but as a designer, an actor, and a television host. Great thanks to leslieseuffert for this Tumblr Monday for introducing us Aaron Foster, whose work can be found on Uncommon Artist Gallery.
While the city of Venice fights a battle against the sea, the Venetian lagoon fights a different battle with invasive algae. This map by Christopher Christophi shows algae growth around the islands of the lagoon, 2011
Map of Asia from the Atlas Catalan, likely by Cresque Abraham, c. 1375. Currently in the collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. Image taken from ARTstor.
“In the late fourteenth century, Barcelona was highly regarded as a center of mapmaking. The Atlas Catalan, likely produced by a Jewish cartographer from Mallorca [a Balearic island in the Mediterranean Sea] named Cresque Abraham, is a traditional mappa mundi [‘map of the world’], with Jerusalem in its center. The twelve-paneled map unfolds like a screen, providing information about various locations, including their geographical placement as well as their historical and mythological significance. The atlas also delineates portolan charts or sailing directions. In 1381, Pere IV of Aragon gave the work to an envoy of Charles V of France. Although the map indicates navigational directions, it was not intended for daily use. On the contrary, the atlas served as a luxurious collector’s item housed in a royal library. The section of the map displayed here represents Southeast Asia and China. Although the accuracy of the map wanes as one leaves the Mediterranean basin, it is one of the first maps to indicate the international travels of Marco Polo.” (Snyder, Art of the Middle Ages, 414)
Animaniacs - Nations Of The World
OMG MY CHILDHOOD. Seriously. This show is the BEST.
Claire Brewster, I’ll Get There, I Know I Will
Paper art out of old and out-of-date maps and atlases
More Stephen Walter: Hub (2007-2008), a psychogeographical map of London.
Some of the maps from graphic designer Yanko Tsvetkov’s project Mapping Stereotypes.
Venice sculpture by Matthew Picton
Duralar, enamel paint, pins
42″ x 62″ x 3″