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I have always had maps around. I grew up traveling in a military family and my father, among other things, made maps. The concept of the map is one of humanity's earliest and greatest inventions--and one of our densest ways of storing and managing information.

Tracing routes with a knife is similar to driving down a highway--most of what you're left with is the road itself and a narrow band of color on either side. By cutting away everything but the roads, reading is stripped away and a map's linear beauty is released. The map ceases to be a two-dimensional representation of reality and becomes an actual three-dimensional thing in and of itself.

Maps are generally cheap, and their value depends on their usefulness. When they become outdated we throw them away. By dissecting them, their use-value is destroyed by the loss of their function. But the use-value is replaced with aesthetic value, and with it a new life.

Hung floating in front of a wall, wafting in the breeze, they're reminiscent of clothes hung out to dry. Clothes that are too old and torn to be worn, but too cherished and full of memories to discard.

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