Map Sculptures by Matthew Picton

London 1666 by Matthew Picton

London 1666 by Matthew Picton

Plenty of artists use books in their work or create maps as their practice. London-born, Oregon-based Matthew Picton has found a way to do both by using books and other textual materials that reference a city in a moment in time. Above, London 1666 is constructed out of book covers for The Plague Years by Daniel Defoe.

Las Vegas 1972 was created out of texts from Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:

Las Vegas 1972 by Matthew Picton

Las Vegas 1972 by Matthew Picton

The haunting sculpture Lower Manhattan was made out of smoke-damaged headlines that accompanied the 2001 world Trade center bombing, DVD covers of the film Towering Inferno, and book covers from the novel The Plot against America by Philip Roth:

Lower Manhattan by Matthew Picton

Lower Manhattan by Matthew Picton

Jerusalem was constructed out of The New Testament, The Torah, The Armenian Bible, and The Koran:

Jerusalem by Matthew Picton

Jerusalem by Matthew Picton

Dresden 1945 was created out of a burnt score of Wagner’s The Ring:

Dresden 1945 by Matthew Picton

Dresden 1945 by Matthew Picton

For more examples and information, check out the artist’s site. Via Brain Pickings.

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