Orbis Terrarum 1992 1992-1993

Edition: unique, bound in leather, (500x650x25mm)

An Atlas that attempts to intellectually define topos: a sense of place. The painted images (tempera) are derived from sewer covers found in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They relate to all kind of world maps. The set of maps starts with the T-map as first depicted in the 12th century book Etymologea, representing the beliefs of the ‘encyclopedist’ St. Isidore of Seville who was active in the 6th century. The three known continents were associated with three sons of Noah. These kind of maps were in use till the time of the great explorers of the early sixteenth century.