My son’s friend Isaac took us to the Mexico City derby game between Club America and Cruz Azul at the Azteca Stadium, that’s the one where Maradonna scored his sensational goal against England in the 1970 World Cup and “the hand of God” also intervened on his behalf.
After the game I realised that my first Map in the Wild was there on Isaac’s Club t-shirt.
For football fans, the Estado Azteca is huge (87,000 capacity) and was pretty full for this top of the table match between two local rivals. The football wasn’t great (0-0) but the passion was massive (everyone was searched on entry and belts are banned!) and they served beers and pizza in the seats.
I thought that I would publish this football related map in the wild on the day that Arsenal play Tottenham (2 Dec 2018, Arsenal 4 – Tottenham 2)
Thanks to the lady who let me take a pic of her superb medal for completing the 2018 Columbus marathon in Ohio, USA. I have to hand it to the Americans, they love using the shapes of their states in anything and everything. Here, the shape of Ohio. What else?!
A magnificent laser-cut wooden map of the street network of Norfolk VA hanging in a small elevator lobby in the Marriott Waterside hotel. It measures about 4 ft by 3ft and the depth of the wood casts some great shadows from the lobby light above. The detail is impressive when you get closer.
A range of images of the use of maps at John Glenn Columbus airport. The above a large compass rose inlay with the state map at its centre in the arrivals hall. Below, a street network formed from pieces of coloured laminate on a wall adorning the wall of a food court. The entire map was around 30ft long by 10ft tall.
Always consider the world when recycling…except eagle-eyed readers will notice a somewhat stylized version of a flat, projected map placed in a blue circle with some shadow effects to make it appear like a globe. Why didn’t they just use a globe?
And with apologies for the blurrycam, but this ladies earrings were magnificent. Spotted in the terminal, a large wooden mosaic of Africa as a hooped earring. Magnificent mappery!
“Incredible relief map of Russia, in one of the best geology museums I have been to. I especially liked the harsh clipping that leave water bodies pouring into the outside world. If you ever find yourself near Novosibirsk make the pilgrimage here.”
I met Anna Weber at the Danish GeoForum’s KortDage event.
She had asked delegates to bring with them a soil sample from their home region, she had over 40 samples from Denmark and as she was keen to tell me one from Sweden. She then made this Earth Map of Denmark.
Is it a map? I don’t know but it was beautiful and if a conference of 800 map geeks thought this was a worthwhile project to give space to, who am I to argue?
With this landscape dialogue, images are extracted directly from the earth. 42 different sites from Denmark was connected at Kortdage 2018, and combined the sites created a new map and landscape-painting of the earth’s color and texture. The process here allows the composition of the land differently, moving cities and borders, and we can observe a new staging of the landscape, freed from its cadastral and economic value.
A starting point for this work is the artists interest in how mapping the globe with classifications, data collection and technological perfection affects the way we look and sense our surroundings. We all know the current mapping with socio-economic interests that always have a specific goal: where are the best agricultural land, where can the highway be located, where should the drinking water be protected, which building sites are the most expensive, where is the pollution worst, where does the refugees move? Everything can be mapped – both visible and invisible elements. But what about the earth in itself? Can it be mapped without the aim of a readable facit, classification or control-system?
The 42 sites, was collected by the participants at Kortdage 2018, and the work was a collective process unfolding throughout the geodata conference, as an open studio.