An abstract topographical map image of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Formed by glacial erosion, the north-south valleys of this region were scoured out by the advancing glaciers. Upon their retreat, a recessional moraine deposited sediment to the north that damned the valleys, forming the Finger Lakes and also creating the thousands of drumlins scattered along the lake plain. The Finger Lakes are among the deepest in the US and help create a perfect environment for growing grapes. The region is home to more than 100 wineries, and is home to the largest wine company in the world. The many vineyards and wineries of the region give inspiration to the color scheme of this image.
A cartographer by trade, Paul Hein has devoted over 30 years to creating maps and images that display a visual clarity and effectiveness of design. He presents with Topographics a series of abstract map images that combine the essence of form, color, place, adventure, memory, origin, and home.
Topographics are organized into four galleries: Landscapes, Cityscapes, Contours, and Watercolors.
The images seen in the Landscapes Gallery are actual digital elevation models of existing topography. In other words, they are maps of the earth's terrain, but without any of the place names, roads, or boundary lines that are normally associated with a traditional map. Paul has used these elevation models to create abstract works of art while...
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