an accidentally dissected map
|| 12/2/2007 || 10:04 pm || Comments Off on an accidentally dissected map || ||
From Monday, November 19th to Tuesday, November 28th I was in Tampa, Florida visiting family for Thanksgiving. On Monday November 27th, I visited the University of South Florida Libraries Special Collections and had a chance to look over their collection of roughly 150 antique maps. My favorite map, by far, was the Temperance Map by C. Wiltberger (Maui, 1843) [more about that map later!], but I also got to see some rare maps of Florida and of America. An all-around valuable learning experience to say the least!
When I arrived at the library, I was given a small promotional packet that contained postcards of items in the Special Collections Department along with a catalog of the maps in their collection. After looking through the postcards, I found one postcard that I really liked right off the bat. It was called “Dissected Map” and its a puzzle box cover featuring the Goddess Columbia showing a native an atlas of America. The puzzle pieces contained with the box create a “dissected map.”
I decided to scan the postcard yesterday, and while I was still working on getting the colors right, I decided to continue looking for more information regarding the Temperance Map on-line. I found a page on Google Book’s website of Lonely Planet’s guide to Maui and I decided to do a screen capture so I didn’t have to transcribe the text. The above image is the result.
Somehow the Dissected Map graphic made it’s way into the garbled screen shot!! I instantly thought that Google had some how figured out a way to prevent screen shots from being taken! After rebooting my computer (hadn’t been done in a month or so) I found that there was some latent error that caused the screen shot to be garbled. Of all the graphics to be accidentally ‘dissected,’ why was it the ‘Dissected Map?’ ??!?
I will have the scanned postcard on-line short so you can see the dissection…..
Seen in the night sky last week
|| 12/1/2007 || 11:05 pm || Comments Off on Seen in the night sky last week || ||
Two weeks ago I finished reading “Fated Sky” by Benson Bobrick. The book is a historical overview of prominent astrologers thoughout history like Ptolemy, Dee, Brahe, and Sibley (to name but a few). I am quite happy I read it. It’s given me a new appreciation for the ancient art of astrology. It’s also helped to support my recent interest in the night sky.
This last week was quite a busy, productive, and exciting week. Some emotional loss, some financial gain, travel to a new place, research of the old and new and, well, quite a lot of fun.
This week also coincided with the viewing of two planets for the first time. With both my naked eye and using a telescope, I gazed upon Mars & Saturn for the first time.
DCCAH 2008 Young Artist Program Awardee
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exerpt from the award letter by DCCAH executive director Anthony Gittens
Yesterday I receieved this great news in the mail! I submitted the Young Artist Program grant proposal in September and it turns out that the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities liked proposal enough to grant me $2,500 to have an exhibition next year. I won this award in 2006, and had an exhibition/installation in my neighborhood playground, and donated 8 maps to the Library of Congress Geography & Mapping Division. I have two ideas for what I’d like to do for this year. I’ll definitely be posting updates as they come.
Here is the official description of the award from the DCCAH website:
The Young Artist Grant Program is an initiative which offers grants of up to $2,500 to individual artists between the ages of 18 and 30, is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Challenge America program. The Challenge America Program provides state arts agencies with funds to support activities that visibly demonstrate the benefits the arts bring to their citizens. The Young Artist Grant Program is an investment in the city’s future that will develop a new generation of arts leadership in the District of Columbia.
Below is the project description that I submitted for the grant: