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Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Map artist Matthew Picton’s paper cities — including Washington

I can see where the Washington Post office would be on Matthew Picton’s sculpture of Washington, D.C., and it’s thankfully not one of the spots with the burn marks that char various parts of our city. Go ahead, Washingtonians, take a minute to squint and find your home or workplace:
“Washington DC” (Matthew Picton - Courtesy of Sumarria Lunn Gallery)

Picton is a London-born artist who is fascinated by maps of city grids. Through his work, you can visit major cities throughout the world — from Shanghai to Chicago. Picton can even take you back in time to, say, Moscow in 1808 or Baghdad in 1943. In his newest series, he has constructed maps from texts referencing their place — “Venice” consists of cut-paper excerpts of Thomas Mann’s “Death in Venice,” while “Dublin” is made of James Joyce’s “Ulysses.”

Picton’s Washington sculpture is made from burned archival paper. Here’s a detail:


“Washington DC” (detail) (Matthew Picton - Courtesy of Sumarria Lunn Gallery)

Picton also sculpted Lower Manhattan out of press clippings from news about the 2001 World Trade Center attack, as well as DVD covers of the film “Towering Inferno” and the Philip Roth novel “The Plot Against America.”


“Lower Manhattan” (Matthew Picton - Courtesy of Sumarria Lunn Gallery)

His Hollywood sculpture, likewise, consists of covers of disaster films, such as the 2004 documentary “Killer Quake.” See more of Picton’s work below, and at his Web site.


“Hollywood Crushed and Burnt” (Matthew Picton - Courtesy of Sumarria Lunn Gallery)


“Hollywood Crushed and Burnt” (detail) (Matthew Picton - Courtesy of Sumarria Lunn Gallery)


“Venice” (Matthew Picton - Courtesy of Sumarria Lunn Gallery)


“Venice” (detail) (Matthew Picton - Courtesy of Sumarria Lunn Gallery)


“London” (Matthew Picton - Courtesy of Sumarria Lunn Gallery)

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