When Maps and Data Collide They Produce ... Art?
Last month I wrote that a map says as much about the fears, hopes, dreams and prejudices of its target audience as it does about the relationship of places on the surface of the Earth. With the benefit of hindsight I think I was only half way right.
Sometimes a map becomes more than just a spatial representation and becomes something else.
Sometimes a data visualisation becomes more than just the underlying data and almost takes on a life of its own.
When these two things meet or collide the results can be spectacularly compelling and produce, unintentionally ... art? Look at the image below ... filigree lace work? Crochet for the deranged of mind? Silk for the sociopath? Macrame for the mad? Sadly none of the above.
It's instead an image from the Geotagger's World Atlas but it's still unintentionally beautiful.