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Metro Crash Quilt
|| 6/27/2009 || 12:09 pm || + Render A Comment || ||

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Metro Crash Quilt by Nikolas R. Schiller

As I stated before, I decided to make a map of the location of where the Metro crash took place. When preparing the imagery I did my best to include both the train and the exact site of the collision, but when it came to trying out different Quilt Projection designs, I found the Square Quilt Projection to have a very interesting line of symmetry– the Metro train itself.

While this map is derived from orthophotography, which essentially flattens out the terrain, the train’s laterally merging together on a line of symmetry creates a different viewing approach to the train. Since I cannot replicate the Metro train on top of another Metro train (nor would I really want to or even have access to the aerial photos of the crash itself), this line of symmetry approach offers a stylized (albeit sad) way to show the merger of two trains.

The aim of this map was to document the location of this tragedy, but I was able to add more than I expected to the final result; a simulated merger of two trains. Had there not been a random train passing through the area on that day in March of 2005, this map would be devoid of the subject of it’s creation and only show the location of the tragedy.

I am working on a second iteration of this map which should be ready shortly.


View the Google Map of the crash site in upper Northeast Washington, DC.

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Meridian Hill Park Quilt #4
|| 7/26/2008 || 4:08 pm || Comments Off on Meridian Hill Park Quilt #4 || ||

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I’ve been doing some research on an old sculpture that used to be in Meridian Hill Park that will be featured in an upcoming posting. In preparation, I decided to make a quilt projection map of the park using the newest available imagery. Unlike the previous three, which were some of the first to use my recursive tessellation technique, the newer imagery captures less of the area surrounding the park and more detail of the park itself. This is simply due to the fact that the newer imagery has a high spatial resolution than the older imagery, which correlates to more detail, but less geographic coverage. Since the aerial photography was taken in the early spring, the fountains were still in their winter slumber and I imagine that if it were taken in the summer the coloration would be vastly different.

When constructing this map, I used my new technique hypothesized in May and first rendered a hexagon tile and then took a portion of that tessellation and used it here. The result, which I am seeing for the first time, is that you can see the hexagon shape around the center of this square quilt projection map quite easily. From my understanding, depending on the location of the recursive sampling within the first map, I’ll be able to see it’s respective geometry embedded in the second map. However, I think it’s nearly impossible to fully gage the geometry of the original map after two recursions because each subsequent sampling makes it more difficult to see the geometry present in the previous map.

View the Google Map of Meridian Hill Park in Washington, DC.

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Saint Louis Quilt #4
|| 4/3/2008 || 4:26 pm || Comments Off on Saint Louis Quilt #4 || ||

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Saint Louis Quilt #4

Unlike the previous three maps of Saint Louis which use imagery from 2002, this map uses poor quality imagery from 2005. I really like how the old Busch Stadium shows up and the new Busch Stadium is still being constructed. Up next will be another map of downtown Saint Louis, but will feature better quality aerial photography from 2006 and the new Busch Stadium. The 2006 aerial photography was used in my Geospatial Natal Chart that I made in December, as well as the two most recent maps of my childhood neighborhood in Ballwin, Missouri.

View the Google Map of downtown Saint Louis, Missouri.

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Union Station Quilt #3
|| 3/12/2008 || 2:44 pm || Comments Off on Union Station Quilt #3 || ||

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I find it quite interesting being able to see the difference between spatial scales when comparing the two previous Union Station maps. Since this map uses .16 meters per pixel aerial photography and the previous two maps use imagery that was .3 meters per pixel, you can quite easily see how much less I am now showing of the area around Union Station. Specifically, this map only shows the U.S. Postal Museum, Union Station, the Thurgood Marshal Federal Building, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.View the Google Map of Union Station in downtown Washington, DC.

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The Mount Pleasant Cross
|| 2/7/2008 || 7:57 pm || Comments Off on The Mount Pleasant Cross || ||

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Charlotte Spheres 2

I’ve known about the way to use an offset square quilt projection to create the cross design, but never made a full map until now. I can theoretically use this projection style on any future map— quite cool. I wonder what geography should be crucified next? {chuckle}

The street that creates the cross’s frame is 16th Street, which up until 1884 was the prime meridian on American maps.
###update– actually I found that this is not correct– not ALL maps, just some maps

View the Google Map of the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood in Washington, DC.

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Federal Triangle Quilt #4
|| 1/21/2008 || 10:40 pm || Comments Off on Federal Triangle Quilt #4 || ||

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Federal Triangle Quilt #4

Using this portion of Federal Triangle Quilt #3, I created this derivative map. Unlike the other maps in this series, I decided to *not count* the total number of Freedom Plazas located with in the map. I place my guess at somewhere around 200…

View my previous entry about Federal Triangle.

View the Google Map of Federal Triangle in downtown Washington, DC.


This map is/was on display at Artomatic 2008. It’s printed on canvas at 60″ x 40″ in size.

Alfonso & Farrah @ my Artomatic exhibit space
Photo by Alex from There Were Ten Tigers


This map was also shown in Philadelphia at the Gershman Y:

Photograph of Federal Triangle from the exhibit Mapping: Outside-Inside at the Gershman Y

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Concentric Quilt Full
|| 12/10/2007 || 9:26 am || Comments Off on Concentric Quilt Full || ||

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Concentric Quilt - FULL

This is the final installment of the series. The source imagery was reduced to 1 foot per pixel. I am thinking about sampling one to make a derivative map.

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Concentric Quilt SE
|| 12/8/2007 || 8:59 am || Comments Off on Concentric Quilt SE || ||

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Concentric Quilt - NE

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Concentric Quilt SW
|| 12/7/2007 || 10:57 pm || Comments Off on Concentric Quilt SW || ||

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Concentric Quilt - SW

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Concentric Quilt NE
|| 12/6/2007 || 1:54 pm || Comments Off on Concentric Quilt NE || ||

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Concentric Quilt - NE by Nikolas Schiller

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Concentric Quilt NW
|| 12/4/2007 || 8:51 am || Comments Off on Concentric Quilt NW || ||

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Concentric Quilt - NW

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Silver Spring Quilt
|| 10/23/2007 || 2:59 pm || Comments Off on Silver Spring Quilt || ||

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Over the last few months I’ve been going to Silver Spring for business and I decided to get around to making a map of the central business district.

View the Google Map of the Silver Spring, Maryland

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Los Alamitos Circle Quilt #3
|| 9/15/2007 || 4:09 pm || Comments Off on Los Alamitos Circle Quilt #3 || ||

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Los Alamitos Circle Quilt no.3 by Nikolas Schiller

Using this portion of the Los Alamitos Quilt #2, I created a derivative tessellation to create this map.

View the Google Map Los Alamitos Circle in Long Beach, California.

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Orlando Quilt
|| 8/20/2007 || 12:19 pm || Comments Off on Orlando Quilt || ||

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After spending much of last week working on the LA Interchanges series, I decided to switch it up a tad and make a map of Orlando, Florida. I am not sure what maps I’ll be making next….

View the Google Map of Orlando, Florida.

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Enrico Fermi Nuclear Reactor Quilt
|| 7/23/2007 || 8:01 am || Comments Off on Enrico Fermi Nuclear Reactor Quilt || ||

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In November of 2005 I went to Ann Arbor, Michigan for Thanksgiving. While riding in a bus from Toledo to Detroit I saw the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Reactor off in the distance. When I was making the maps of Detroit last year I tried to download the imagery of the reactor, but was unable to because the USGS coverage of Detroit did not reach far enough south. And now it does :-)

This map uses the same cloud motif that Baton Rogue Quilt uses, but there is a larger issue I am expoliting in this map. No, it’s not Homer Simpson job, but national security. In my opinion, nuclear power plants are some of the most dangerous places on earth and should be guarded heavily, even through redaction. Yet while Google is censoring downtown Washington, DC, anyone in the world can download high resolution imagery of a nuclear power plant in rural Michigan. Where is the security? Well at least I see beauty.
View the Google Map of the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Reactor outside of Detroit, Michigan.

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U.S. Department of State Quilt
|| 7/16/2007 || 1:20 pm || Comments Off on U.S. Department of State Quilt || ||

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U.S. Department of State Quilt by Nikolas Schiller

Following up on my discovery of Google’s censorship, I’ve decided to make my next maps be in the area in Washington, DC that is currently censored. By mapping this area, I can easily claim that I’ve beat Google to the map for each location.

The area around the State Department is one that is quite familiar to me. The dorm that I lived in for 2 different years at GWU is located in this map. Alongside the State Department Building (the largest building in the map), there is the Federal Reserve Building, Office of Personnel Management, National Academy of Sciences, and a few other of buildings of note, like the Red Cross HQ and the World Health Organization.

View the Google Map of the area around the State Department in Washington, DC.

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Adams Morgan Quilt 2005 #4
|| 7/3/2007 || 12:03 pm || Comments Off on Adams Morgan Quilt 2005 #4 || ||

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View the Google Map of the Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington, DC.

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Adams Morgan Quilt 2005 #3
|| 7/2/2007 || 11:58 am || Comments Off on Adams Morgan Quilt 2005 #3 || ||

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View the Google Map of the Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington, DC.

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Queen Anne Quilt
|| 6/28/2007 || 3:43 pm || Comments Off on Queen Anne Quilt || ||

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I made this map for a friend of mine. I am excited to hear that it might be hung in quite a nice place.

View the Google Map of the Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle, Washington

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Pearl Street Quilt #2
|| 6/9/2007 || 12:23 pm || Comments Off on Pearl Street Quilt #2 || ||

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See my comments on Pearl Street Quilt #1 for more details.

View the Google Map of Boulder, Colorado

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