Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bogus Art Maps

A Map of the Lower 48 in the style of Mondrian, by Tim Wallace

This is really funny - check out Tim Wallace's Bogus Art Maps at

Now, I just want to remind everyone that in the Geovisualization and Analytical Cartography course last term (fall 2010) this was very much like the first cartography lab assignments the students did in the class: Make an ordinary map - in this case, a map of West African cities from an ArcGIS tutorial exercise in the book GIS for the Urban Environment - but design the layout in the style of a modern artist's painting of their chosing.  So I can attest to the fact that Prof. Andrew M. had the idea many months ago (and of course, he may not have been the first, either!). The assignment was designed to get the creative juices flowing and, not incidentally, as a refresher for basic ArcGIS use after the long summer. 
I am including some of the students' works below, which I think are really the cat's pyjamas, or cat's meow, or the bee's knees, or what have you. 

Work from the Geovisualization and Analytical Cartography course (1st lab assignment)

by Brian Morgan, after Roy Lichtenstein

by Cordelia Nervi, after Picasso ("Bather with Beach Ball")

by Moira Conway, after Nick Mauss ("Untitled")

by Jessica Miller, after Amy Cutler ("Army of Me")

by Patricia Reed, after David Hammons ("African-American Flag")


  1. Can I audit this class? These are great!

  2. HA, HA, Dellis - that would be great! Maybe next time we will run it as an on-line class! Maybe we can send you down some of the course materials in the meanwhile. Everyone loved the class. Hope we can offer it again soon! It would have been so cool to have you in the class! When are you moving back to NYC!!!!!