Map Sculptures of Cities

February 19, 2013

map sculptures of cities
map sculptures of cities

By Koseli. Images via Brain Pickings by Ron Jaffe.

Matthew Picton sculpts cities from books and materials related to that city. Jerusalem was built from the New Testament, Torah, Koran, and the Armenian Bible. Dresden is made up from a score from Wagner.

If you were to create a sculpture of your city, what would you make it out of? I’d make Brooklyn out of thousands of ironic mustaches and tiny ugly sweaters.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Danielle February 19, 2013 at 7:30 am

Boston could be sculpted with… empty cans of Guinness and cobblestone?


2 amyb February 19, 2013 at 8:35 am

and the Declaration of Independence!


3 Koseli Cummings February 19, 2013 at 8:42 am

Ha ha. Danielle and Amy, very clever!


4 Rebecca Alexis February 19, 2013 at 9:33 am



5 Elizabeth February 19, 2013 at 8:28 am

Manhattan would be ‘The NY Times’ and aluminium foil (from the hot dogs)


6 Koseli Cummings February 19, 2013 at 8:46 am

Discarded metro cards and scaffolding? Elizabeth, I love that one. Would you believe I had never eaten from a street vendor until this Fall? It was seriously delicious. Chicken and rice and salad in front of the MET.


7 Cordelia February 19, 2013 at 8:41 am

That Brooklyn one is amazing and perfectly accurate. I would add some jars of small-batch jam or pickles.


8 Koseli Cummings February 21, 2013 at 11:17 am

Organic baby food puree and Dansko clogs? :)


9 Rebecca Alexis February 19, 2013 at 9:38 am

This is so beautiful. I love this concept. Los Angeles. Perhaps discarded sunglasses and palm tree fronds?


10 Shannon { A Mom's Year } February 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Snowballs. (It’s all of 6 degrees today.)


11 Shannon { A Mom's Year } February 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm

(Fahrenheit, that is.)


12 Koseli Cummings February 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

So cold! I can’t complain. We’re in the thirties today.


13 Kace February 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Sacramento would have to be from railroad cars (end of the Union Pacific line) and gold nuggets.


14 Summer February 19, 2013 at 3:25 pm

The Brooklyn comment made me literally laugh out loud.

Dallas…hmmm… silicone? Neiman’s receipts? Deep friend batter? It’s hard to say.


15 Koseli Cummings February 21, 2013 at 11:14 am



16 Erin February 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm

New Orleans out of Mardi Gras beads is the obvious answer, right? So let’s go with the large sheets of plain white paper used to wrap up po-boys. Or make it out of go-cups. Anyone know what those are?


17 Design Mom February 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

The comments on this post are pure gold!


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