made by my daughter laura [link]
and her friend greta
CITY:SHADOWS/CARS is a comparative city study of New York, Dubai, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Starting point for all motifs are high resolution satellite images, all photographed at the same height, showing approximately 1.02 qkm of each city.
Applications like Google Earth and platforms like Bing Maps or Google Maps are playing a bigger and bigger role in the world of cartography. When looking at an image of a city from above, imagining this particular place is way easier than when looking at a regular citymap. With a regular citymap only distinguishing between figure ground, green and roads in a very abstract way, the satellite image is a lot richer.
Two aspects of this richness are pointed out in this series of serigraphs - the shadows, and the cars.
By accurately pointing out the shadows, casted by the city landscape, and the vehicles within the urban network, the aim is to emphasize the cities´characters in a graphical way. While defining two shapes indicating either a passenger car or any bigger
vehicle in the car maps, the shadows have been drawn in their precise shape. Reckoning and combining the maps, the observer´s attention gets drawn to specific factors that represent the city´s texture.