Description This print shows the Pittsburgh area, including adjacent areas of southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. By applying a palette of color to the digital models that depict land elevations, the artist has captured the intricate relationships between the Allegheny Plateau and the stream and river valleys created by the Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela Rivers and their many tributaries. Elevations are assigned color values to create this interesting and exciting print. Technically a topographical map, the strong use of color and design transforms this piece into an artistic statement.
Paul Hein, Saratoga Springs, New York Member Since December 2012 Artist Statement 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.
The images seen in the Topographics 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, boundary lines, etc. that are normally associated with a traditional map. Paul has used these elevation models to create abstract works of art while maintaining the geographic integrity of the data.
In contrast to the Topographics Gallery, Paul has recently begun adding prints to his Planimetrics and Traditional Galleries. Planimetrics are 2-dimensional images where actual map data has been transformed into colorful lines and shapes. Traditional images are just that - traditional styled maps with place names, roads, and boundaries.