matthew picton creates paper map sculptures
matthew picton creates paper map sculptures matthew picton creates paper map sculptures
jun 05, 2013

matthew picton creates paper map sculptures

matthew picton’s paper map sculptures: las vegas



matthew picton is a british-born artist living in oregon, USA. his work is influenced by cartography and the inherent beauty of lines and forms that arise from natural topography and built environments. his series of ‘city sculptures’ look at the organism of the city as an entity which has been shaped by social, political, economic and topographic factors, illustrating a systemic pattern of human civilization. he explores roads at the micro level, tracing miniature byways in cracked sidewalks and alleys.


a continuous visual narrative of a city’s transformation, his sculptures are layers of history, documenting their early beginnings and depicting their contemporary state, expanding beyond their original forms. meticulously built by hand from individual strips of paper, each sculpture is more than a mere three-dimensional city map. picton tries to emphasize a city’s distinct and unique personality. several of his maps depict cities such as venice, london, las vegas or moscow before and after a war of natural disaster, using charred or crumbled paper.



matthew picton creates paper map sculptures

las vegas




matthew picton creates paper map sculptures

moscow 1812



matthew picton creates paper map sculptures




matthew picton creates paper map sculptures

venice (close-up)



matthew picton creates paper map sculptures

dublin 1904



matthew picton creates paper map sculptures

dublin 1904 (close-up)


  • interesting work!

    Isaac says:
  • LOVE IT!

    KATE says:
  • sorry … i love maps and i am not seeing what is so amazing here … overhead image of city plans with colored variations of the different classes of roadway … ummm … art? ok. wondering where the ‘design’ is.

    iamdmw says:
  • The “design” here is inherent in it’s 3D nature and obvious attention to detail with incredible patience and skill.

    pan360º says:
  • > iamdmw – I totally agree with you! > pan360 – With all the attention to detail and the skill (?) it doesn’t make me feel or think anything. I love maps too and find them far more artistic and communicative than these renditions.

    m29 says:
  • > m29 … thanks for the props. go see: [url=] Strange Maps [/url]

    iamdmw says:
  • very cool

    dbkii says:
  • the beauty in being able to have fun creating somethig. i love to see a free mind at work.

    moshe antebi says:
  • if attention to detail was really present then all the buildings would not be the same height. I think the concept would make more sense if it was actually trying to immitate the architecture of that map with the heights. But when viewed perfectly from above it would resemble a map. A perspective play.

    ls says:
  • ikea will have these in their art section soon enough

    bored says:
  • It doesn’t add anything to cartography; it’s just strips of paper!!

    Marta says:

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