Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Harold N. Fisk / mapping of the Mississippi River

1944, cartographer Harold N. Fisk commissioned an epic study of the Lower Mississippi River, charting its ebbs and flows over time. Harold N. Fisk colorfully charted the 2,320 mile long river, his 15 drawings of rainbow ribbons serve as a reconstruction of the river’s twisting timeline in a perhaps unintentionally beautiful way. The maps are almost like a contemporary version of Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa.

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