Botanical Map (White Maps Series). 2010
Printing and goffering on Hahnemühle cotton paper 300gr. Leaf plot of Morus alba. 70x70x5 cm
A large fragmented paper grid gives shape to the surface of a white map. The city plot has been replaced by the fractal bifurcations of plant forms. Another level of information is superimposed on the plant plot; the city texts: street names, places, etc. The grid of the map is now an empty space between papers; it no longer guides and assists in the search for a place but only fragments and breaks down.
The so-called “black maps” of Berlin was one particular drawing method created to make the physiognomy of the city visible. Here two categories of the city’s surface were recognised; those constructed and those not constructed; those constructed marked in black and the others left in white without paying attention to more architectural or typographical differences. Botanical Map from the White Maps Series responds to this other category of unpaved, non-built-up spaces; the city space occupied by the trees and vegetation.