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Intricate lasercut map of Toronto shows off streetscape

Toronto has lots of quirky and even beautiful maps that chart its streetscape, but every once in a while one comes around that's a cut above the rest. While there are already quite nice woodcut maps devoted to Toronto, this offering from Ali Harrison is pretty much the crown jewel of local cartography on Etsy.

Unlike other wood maps out there, the highlight here is how intricate our streets are rendered. Set against negative space, the iconic nature of our urban topography is thrown into sharp relief, such that it's possible to temporarily look at the city with a new set of eyes. One is reminded of Flavio Trevisan's map-sculptures of Toronto, even as this work is less ambitious on a conceptual level.

To make the map, Harrison started by hand-cutting paper (her speciality) before converting the resulting map to lasercut. The results are stunning if you're into such things. The 24.5 by 15.5 inch map goes for $180 and can be found at lightpaper on Etsy.


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