Thursday, July 16, 2009

Iowa Art - Contour Map

3. Contour Map
The contour map shows an area of landscape as seen from far above. Bronze is used to show the ripple of the hills. Rows are etched into the bronze to depict the crop rows. The smooth line proceeding through the middle of the piece represents the winding country road. The raised smooth elements are used to depict the farmhouses, barns and trees present in this landscape. Features in this piece are more abstract, demonstrating that items become less distinct the further they are from the observer. Notice that the child and piglet shown in the Regionalist Landscape piece are too small to be seen in this view.

The Contour Map is a companion to the Regionalist Landscape. Both depict the same landscape from different perspectives, one on the ground and one from the air.

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