September 22, 2006

A Cartographic Excursion

NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WESTMINSTER - Cartographic art exposition... This post borders slightly on the odd or bizarre, however, it's also quite cool... read on - for those of you in the DC area, someone has to go check this out and send me back some comments! Earlier this year, Nikolas R. Schiller was awarded a D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities Young Emerging Artist Grant and was commissioned to produce 8 maps of 8 locations in the 8 wards of Washington, DC.  The funding allowed for Schiller to print three copies of each of the maps and in August, as proposed in the grant, Schiller donated one set of the maps to the Library of Congress’ Geography & Mapping Division, which is the world’s largest collection of maps, atlases, globes, and aerial photographs.  On Sunday, September 24th, 2006 Schiller will be displaying these commissioned maps, along with other selected maps, at his local neighborhood playground.  You are invited to come!
WHO:  Nikolas R. Schiller, Award-winning Cartographer
WHAT: North, South, East, Westminster – A Cartographic Excursion
WHEN: Sunday, September 24, 5pm to 10pm
(Rain date: Monday, September 25 or the following rain-free day thereafter) - Monday, September 25th from 5pm to 10pm.
WHERE: Westminster Street Neighborhood Playground, Located between 9th & 10th and S & T streets, NW, Washington, DC 1.5 blocks away from the U St. Metro (Green Line)
From the author/artist/cartographer...  “When I started blogging there was a certain amount of unwanted fame associated with having a heavily visited blog,” says Schiller who studied geography & computer science at The George Washington University, ”and while I wanted to share my cartographic creations with friends and family, I didn’t want it to be used as a vehicle for gaining popularity.” Instead Schiller used it as a means to document his progression as cartographer in the Nation’s Capital.  His cartographic cache currently features over 100 maps of Washington, DC broken down by location, ward, and projection, and over 250 maps of locations around America, which makes Schiller one of the most prolific, but intentionally unknown, contemporary cartographers in America.

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