Map sculptures of cities

Matthew Picton is a british-born artist living in Oregon and his worked is influenced by the beauty of lines and formes which are shaping cities.

“Cities are often described as living organisms; viewed as subject rather than object. Matthew Picton engages with this tradition of humanizing the city by deconstructing the clean, uncompromising aesthetic of the cartographic city plan and imbuing it with the unique history and culture of each place.”

© Matthew Picton
San Francisco

From the natural topography to the built environments. For example his series called “City Sculptures” are trying to take a deeper look into the organism of the city which is created by social, political, economic and topographic factors.

© Matthew Picton
Dresden 1940 

One of his recent works “Paper Sculptures” are made of paper.  But those are not “only” a random paper it is in connection with the history of the city. Those are texts, sheets of music which are significant for that place. For examples “Jerusalem” is created from The New Testament, The Torah, The Armenian Bible and The Koran; Las Vegas in 1972 created from texts from Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and Dresden in 1945 using sheet music of the score of “The Ring” by Wagner.

© Matthew Picton

© Matthew Picton

Further information and more of his work you can find on his website

2 responses to “Map sculptures of cities

  1. Reblogged this on desktop explorer and commented:
    Awesome! I love how he doesn’t just do modern city layouts, but also cities from various eras of history. Really cool how he uses materials relevant to the city too, like pages from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in his Las Vegas piece. Great post!

  2. Reblogged this on doublEEco and commented:
    This is a beautiful project- a mix of map and sculpture that brings a texture to the usual figure ground image of the city…

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