Everyone’s favorite big screen flicks, illustrated
Movie Maps are the work of illustrator Andrew DeGraff. In his maps, DeGraff assigns each major character a specific color. For example, in his Back to the Future movie map, Marty is red and Doc is white. DeGraff then creates an isometric drawing of the entire movie’s major locations (not to scale). Within this isometric drawing, colored paths are made to show each characters physical journey through the movie landscape. A dotted line means two or more characters took a route together. Below is an example of his work.
All of the tedious time spent ruling out the grid for his maps and carefully tracking character positions results in pure movie magic: his colorful, lighthearted posters are one-of-a-kind visuals of timeless films. Ranging from dense and colorful to stark and severe, each one is guaranteed to instill nostalgia for those who loved a specific film.
These maps toe the line between two and three dimensional medium by visualizing time (if only for a 2-3 hour movie). Head on over to his website to browse his collection of movie maps or follow him on Instagram to keep up with new maps (and his excellent illustrations).
A world of pure imagination with teamLab
teamLab is a Japanese collective that brings together professionals across the art and tech field in order to create digital wall jungles and interactive botanical projections. The collective uses spaces ranging from art museums to plazas, outdoor parks to theaters. They have open and upcoming exhibits around the world, with multiple in the USA as well as Canada, Japan, China, and Singapore. Their popular YouTube channel features many of their lush exhibits in action, engaging users of all ages.
A recent office project for Tokyo-based gaming company DMM.com projects roaming wildlife that, upon closer inspection, are made up of small flowers and shrubbery. The vibrant artwork creates an enticing and invigorating office space in contrast to the typical work place. The wildlife is mostly exotic, including a lumbering hippo and towering ostrich.
Their Connecting Block Town (screenshot below) displays the learning opportunities that this collective can create with projection mapping and responsive building blocks, effectively teaching while entertaining. Depending upon which blocks the kids select and place on the table, rivers and train tracks unfold to connect the building blocks. The children can create their own city quickly and collectively, while being restricted by the functionality of the building blocks they use.
To view their art in the continental US, you’ll need to stop through San Francisco, Seattle, Houston or Minneapolis. Their Seattle display is a permanent one, but don’t miss a chance to miss any of their new dynamic works.