Art, Deviant Cartography, Maps, Portfolio

Prostitution / Vehicle Theft

Two maps compare vehicle theft and prostitution. The data points are aggregated as hexagons and raised off the wall to represent the relative distribution of crime. Vehicle thefts peak in Old Town, but also occur highly throughout the city. The prostitution map is more concentrated and shows a cliff rising along 82nd Avenue.

3D printed PLA plastic mounted on painted plywood
15″ x 15″ x 8″

Prostitution peaks along 82nd Ave

Prostitution peaks along 82nd Ave

Vehicle Theft

Vehicle Theft is heavily spread out throughout Portland, but peaks in Old Town

Prostitution

Prostitution

Vehicle Theft

Vehicle Theft

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Art, Deviant Cartography, Portfolio

Perspective Self Portrait

Viewed from most angles, this self portrait presents a distorted, grotesque image. Spikes form in seemingly arbitrary patterns, casting shadows over the valleys of the sculpture. But when viewed from the right angle, with the light shining from precisely the right direction, the shadows line up and work together to form the image. The portrait is a stark reminder that how one sees oneself depends entirely on finding the right perspective.

For ideal viewing stand approximately 6 feet back and view the portrait straight on.

3D printed plastic mounted on painted plywood
15 x 15 x 8

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Code, Maps

Using shp2stl to Convert Maps to 3D Models

I’ve been working on a utility called shp2stl that converts geographic data in shapefiles to 3D models, suitable for 3D printing. The code is published as a NodeJS package, available on npm and GitHub.

You can control the height of each shape by specifying an attribute of your data to use. Each shape will be placed along the z-axis based on the shape’s value relative to the max range in the data. Additionally, if you want more detailed control you can specify a function to use to extrude each shape.

Examples

South Napa Earthquake

Here’s an example using the recent South Napa earthquake, first as the source shapefile:

Then converted to a 3D model using shp2stl:

And finally printed with a 3D printer:

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Art, Deviant Cartography, Maps, Portfolio

2014 South Napa Earthquake – 3D Print

Two weeks ago on the night of August 24, 2014 I was shaken awake by the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Napa, CA. It was the largest earthquake to hit the Bay Area since the 1989 World Series quake. Where I was in San Francisco wasn’t close enough to the epicenter to do much other than wake people up. But while watching the reports start coming in on Twitter it became clear that up in Napa there was quite a bit of damage. Unable to sleep, I started downloading the data to understand what the difference was between what I had felt and what it was like right in the epicenter.

Over the past couple weeks I’ve been experimenting with 3D printing the shake intensity from the Napa quake.

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Art, Data Visualization, Maps, Portfolio

A City Cut in Two by a Tornado

This is a map of Moore, Oklahoma. On May 20, 2013 an EF5 tornado struck this city of 58,000 people, killing 24 and injuring 377 others. The destruction within the direct path of the storm was near complete.

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This piece focuses on the city boundary of Moore and the destruction that ripped right through the center of the town. The tornado track has been removed from the map, and the city has been split open.

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Maps

Woodcut Map of Golden Gate Park

This is a custom-made map of Golden Gate Park created by the people at Woodcut Maps. I met Gabe Smedresman nearly two years ago at some SF meetup group. He had just launched his new project, woodcutmaps.com, and once I heard about it I was determined to get something made. I had just bought a house on the north side of Golden Gate Park, and I wanted something personal to commemorate our new home.

The map I had made focuses on the park, but includes streets to the north and south to provide context.

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