Mimetic Maps 2

Maps camouflaged as Tree Rings
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.
 
 
年輪の視点で地形図を眺めるアートブック
「年輪する擬態地図」は、地形図に対する「年輪」という視点を提案する、実験的なグラフィックブックだ。本書を読み進めていくにつれ、ふだん私たちが別々に捉えている「木」と「地形図」の共通点が浮き彫りになってくる。

 
 
 
 

Changing the impression in a moment
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.
The colored film piece is also featured on the cover of this art-book. If you strip away the film, the image of topographic tree rings would simply become an ordinary map.
 
 
地形図から生まれる年輪
本書に描かれている木々は、すべて地形図を擬態させたものだ。等高線や地図記号が年輪やヒビ・節となり、木目の表情を浮かび上がらせる。読解し定位するツールを、鑑賞し発見する。この視点の転換こそが、本作品の特徴だ。

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Patterns from topographic maps
While I was creating those pieces of artworks, I found that the various of  them also could be something else. One of my ideas is the “tree rings pattern” which could be used for textiles and wrapping paper. Looking from afar, the patterns could be polka dots or one sense of logging place,
By looking closer and focus on the details, you could find the information from topographic maps like the name of the places or symbols.
 
 
擬木地図のパターンデザイン
勿論、本書に描かれているパターンデザインの木々も地形図だ。年輪は、実際の木々以外にも、様々な物に息づいている。その一つが、テキスタイルや包装紙に用いられる「パターン」だ。遠くから眺めると年輪や木々の模様だが、細部をよく見ると地名や地図記号が身を潜めている。

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