A cartographer has created an incredibly detailed world map taking inspiration from Roy Lichtenstein's iconic pop art.

Katie Kowalsky, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has incorporated Lichtenstein colour schemes onto 22 different layers of an interactive map on her website.


Speaking to i100.co.uk via email, Kowalsky said she chose Lichtenstein because his work is so against the styles typically used by cartographers.

I think that of all the artistic styles I could attempt to replicate, pop-art works the best because a lot of the variables cartographers study from academia are about refinement of colour and line-weight and there's a decided rebellion in Lichtenstein's work as far as colour, pattern and even subject matter go...

The 'Lichtenstein' tileset is bright, gaudy, and fun; there's not always a lot of wiggle room for that in cartography.

  • Katie Kowalsky, cartographer
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