Flat Maps Sculpted into Three Dimensions by Ji Zhou

Chinese artist Ji Zhou creates mountains and urban landscapes using maps and books. His paper sculptures transform these ordinarily two-dimensional materials into familiar visual landscapes in the third-dimension.

Zhou collects old maps, then hand sculpts them into towering peaks and valleys. Placed on a floor of a similar color, the areas in between become plains. On a blue floor the mountains become islands. On a mirror floor they reflect as if surrounding a serene lake.

With his books, Zhou stacks them into towering skyscrapers, using repetition and neat organization to represent our densely populated cities.

The works are part of his ongoing Civilized Landscape series which recently visited the Klein Sun Gallery. Find more about Ji Zhou here.

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(via Design Boom)

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