Geospatial Art


An article recently came out in the Washington Post (and syndicated to other newspapers around the country) lifting the veil off of one of the hidden artists in the geospatial world.  According to the article, Nicholas Schiller has been creating an artistic map every two days for the past 1000 days.  Nicholas blogs about his map creations on his site at the Daily Render.

“To change the world, start with the maps,” says Schiller, co-chairman of the Statehood Green Party in Washington. “As insignificant as my art may be, it’s still an extension of my feeling that each of us has the capacity to change things.”

Schiller uses the public domain aerial imagery from the USGS Geological Survey as his canvas.  The images are then clipped and tesselated into kaleidoscopic mosaics that become political and artistic statements.

Schiller is also experimenting in other ways in the geographic world.  He recently spelled out “no war” on the rooftop which he hopes will be captured in the next government aerial flyover of Washington D.C.

You can browse through the chronology of his artistic map making at his blog, the Daily Render.  Prints of his map art can be purchased from Imagekind.

Source: Here Be Dragons: Through Nikolas Schiller’s Eye, Aerial Maps of Familiar Places Become Terra Incognita, Washington Post, March 14, 2007 by David Montgomery.


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