+ Installed at Goding Elementary School, Washington DC
+ Commissioned by the Washington DC Government, Department of General Services, Percent for Art
Fabrication: Open Works Baltimore
Installation: Alanzo Robles-Gordon
Digital file coordination: Anagha Patil
Sculpted from laminated sheets of birch plywood that are laser cut and CNC-milled to form a large-scale, topographic and city map of the Washington DC area, A CARTOGRAPHER’S JOURNEY invites students to touch, observe, discover and travel on a multi-sensory experience. The artwork aims to spark students' imaginations to explore space, place, scale and time; to assume the role of explorer to re-think Washington DC’s urban landscape and to dream up imaginary worlds and adventures.
This tryptic shows the general terrain of the DC area, and features major urban elements that have been carved three-dimensionally into the wood, including streets, railways, rivers and bodies of water, and even the location of Goding Elementary School, where students are at the current moment while looking at the map. The map has been abstracted to focus on these manmade and natural elements and to visualize Washington DC in a new light; as a pattern; as a series of grid systems, diagonal lines, converging lines, jagged lines, topographic steppes.