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Living Maps: An Atlas of Cities Personified

Living Maps: An Atlas of Cities Personified

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Living Maps: An Atlas of Cities Personified

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228 pages
31 minutes
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Oct 23, 2018
ISBN:
9781452149738
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This curious collection of maps explores the unique personalities of 28 cities around the world, shedding light on the strange and marvelous ways in which humans interact with the places they call home. Artist and creative cartographer Adam Dant dissects Manhattan in an anatomical diagram, traces the form of a Picasso nude in the streets of Monaco, and transforms the crisscrossing paths of boats on the Bosporus into the nerves of Istanbul. Dant draws on the history, culture, and geography of each city and on the beguiling aesthetic of antique maps to create gorgeous works of cartographic art. Witty, insightful, and adorned with a gold foil–stamped cover, this book will capture the imaginations of travelers, map enthusiasts, history buffs, and dreamers.
Lansat:
Oct 23, 2018
ISBN:
9781452149738
Format:
Carte

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Adam Dant studied at the Royal College of Art, London and the MS University Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, India. He creates dense, elaborate narrative drawings that examine and depict public contemporary life, space, mythologies and histories. These works are thoroughly researched, with the artist drawing on a deep well of historical and visual sources to create his wittily perceptive detailed drawings. Dant lives and works in London.

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INTRODUCTION

OUR CITIES ARE PERSONIFIED every day in the talk of their citizens, so why not in their imagery? Central Park might very well be the lungs of Manhattan, the Grote Markt the heart of Antwerp, and the London Underground a place in London’s bowels. But where are the toes, the ribs, and the brains of our cities?

Such urban anthropomorphism and linguistic fancy is usually partial. It is rare to find all of the organs of the city joined together and pictured literally as a single body. If all the constituent parts of the corpus could be located, would it even be possible to visualize our cities as virtual persons, embodying the physical presence of a place and the personality of the citizens who have enabled their cities to grow, mature, and live in the world?

This book is a compendium of twenty-eight cities shown miraculously assuming human and animal form. Paris as Lady Liberty, Zurich as a gold-guzzling monster, Venice as the lion of St. Mark. Cities incarnate, cities whom we might meet in person. A naked, fleshy atlas.

With a stunning literalism, a plan of London describes passage through the city as if through the digestive tract of the human body. The tourist has to exit somewhere—Whitechapel in this case—and en route encounter the historic heart of Christopher Wren’s cathedral, the seedy bars and gin joints of the liver in Soho, as well as plenty of spleen on Fleet Street, traditional home of the press and publishing. Each map in this atlas is defined by the particulars of geography, history, population, or, in the case of many places, good or bad reputation.

AS A CURIOUS AND ECCENTRIC EXERCISE, these maps appear to have been created very much in the spirit of the earliest mapmakers, who thought nothing of populating their beguiling cartography with any number of invented beasts, speculative infillings, and completely inaccurate and fantastic caprices.

This form of metropolitan iconography is part of a venerable and esoteric tradition. Architects in Renaissance Italy regularly based their designs on the human form, as an ideal of the perfect symmetry of the universe. Leonardo da Vinci’s Virtruvian man applied the geometry of the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius to ideal human proportions to suggest that the way we are built should be the way our buildings and our cities are built. The Italian town of Sabbioneta is an example of how to build a city as a single piece

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