(Art) Fake Maps of Real Places, Real Maps of Fake Places

Two artists are featured in this post. The first is Robert Hodgin, who developed, as he called it, “a procedural system for generating historical maps of rivers that never existed.” For a brief description of the project, including several very cool animations, visit his web page. It is a fantastic mix of history, art, computer science, and graphic design — all to create detailed, completely realistic time-series maps of places that never existed.

The second artist, Dmitriy Vorontzov, created incredible 3D reconstructions based on real old maps, scanned and digitally updated to include full scale relief — in other words, maps that never existed of places that do.