Following my last post, "The Virtual Paintout", a couple friends commented about using maps in artwork. An interesting topic! Those comments reminded me of two pieces I painted in 2009. I wanted to participate in the 350 Project at Zinnia, a local store/gallery. http://www.zinnia.biz
350.org is a widespread climate campaign. On October 24, 2009 over 2,000 events took place in over 150 countries, one of them at Zinnia in South Pasadena. Zinnia's goal was to hang 350 pieces of art, each being 350 picas square (about 5"). They gave out the wood squares to artists to do with what they pleased for the show. The anonymous artworks were all hung in Zinnia's gallery behind curtains and unveiled on October 24 at 3:50 PM. Each piece was priced at 350 pesos ($26.22), 350 cents going to 350.org. With so many artists participating, the project generated a lot of excitement and most pieces sold. What a fun event!
Here are my two pieces which I painted on actual paper map sections. One is of the Los Angeles area and the other near San Francisco. I'm also adding a couple photos showing only part of the 350 artworks at the show. There was something for every taste!