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Archive – Tree Rings in Maps

Topographic Tree Rings

Dimension: A4 - 297x210mm / Binding: staple bound /
Printing: laser print / Year: 2017

The Mimetic Maps 2 art book is a new work of the series “Mimetic Maps” which is continuing the experimental mix of art and graphic design. Recording the process of how to simulate the topographic maps such as the well-known symbol of Japan: Mt.fuji to the colored tree ring patterns that everyone is familiar with. The unexpected similarities between tree rings and maps will be remarkable.

The feature of this artwork is to show how ordinary maps can be totally changed simply by overlaying colored film. All the map images remain unchanged from the original online source provided by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan.

By observing the details of the tree rings, you can see that the symbols and letters of the real map turn into a visual impression of noise. The contour lines and map symbols become tree rings, wood cracks and so on. This reflects the real tree ring patterns and everything alive in the nature which also has this visual impression of noise. This artwork also suggests that there are few differences between the elements of both these maps and tree rings outside of color.
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