Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Daily art update 5 -- endless highway

This year my daily art is different from past years in that I don't make a piece every day with the same format that I can easily photograph and post to my blogs.  Instead I have a theme -- maps -- but no rules as to what kind of art I should do each day with a map.  Some days I might be making a little book, other days a collage/painting, other days a 3D construction.  Some days I work on a continuing project without trying to precisely document the beginning and end of that particular day's work.

I haven't reported on my progress in quite a while, so maybe it's time for an update.

One of the new formats that I've been doing more than once is what I call "endless highway," in which I cut small bits from the road atlas or other map source and join them to others.  Sometimes I mount these constructions in accordion books; sometimes I make cubes.

It's amusing to see a highway go from Cleveland to Honolulu to Twin Falls.

The cubes are most difficult to make.  It's tricky to find a map bit with highways heading in three directions, meeting the adjacent sides in exactly the right place.

And it's also tricky to construct the cube from cardstock; how do you get a firm bond when gluing the sides together when you can't get your hands inside?  But these little technical challenges are what I love about making art.


  1. Fine challenges! Re your cubes: you could try a cm wide sliver of mm thick stiff plastic or metal which is slim enough to slide in the open side and is firm enough to press down inside.
    I use acrylic sheet for drypoint printing plates, and have found that slim offcuts are useful for that kind of operation.

    1. Olga, I have used the smooth sides of the baby's Lego blocks for that purpose, but it's still a pain. I've thought maybe I should start with a styrofoam cube inside... but still thinking!