Friday, April 07, 2023

Artificial Maps

I began my Easter vacation this morning, so I've handed today's post over to my two artificial assistants, DALL-E and Bard. All the maps on this page were created from prompts given to DALL-E and their descriptions are curtesy of Bard.

Jackson Pollock's USA

A map of the United States painted by Jackson Pollock which is a chaotic and abstract work of art. The map is covered in thick layers of paint, with no clear borders or landmarks. The colors are vibrant and swirling, and the overall effect is one of movement and energy.

Pollock was a famous American painter who was known for his "drip paintings." In these paintings, Pollock would drip and splatter paint onto a canvas, creating a work of art that was both beautiful and chaotic. 

Ukiyo-e Japan

A map of Japan in the Ukiyo-e style. The map is decorated with intricate patterns and designs, giving it a truly unique and Japanese look and feel. The Ukiyo-e style is a type of Japanese woodblock printing that was popular in the Edo period (1603-1868). Ukiyo-e prints often depict scenes of everyday life in Japan, such as people going about their daily business, festivals, and landscapes. The style is known for its use of vibrant colors and bold lines.

Aboriginal Australia

A map of Australia painted in the style of Indigenous Australian art representing the land, the people, and the stories of Australia's Indigenous people. The colors are vibrant and earthy, and the overall effect is of beauty, power, and connection to the land. 

Indigenous Australian art is a diverse and rich tradition that has been passed down for generations. The art is often used to tell stories about the land, the people, and the Dreaming. The Dreaming is the belief that the world was created by ancestral beings who traveled across the land, creating the features of the landscape and giving life to the plants and animals.

Pizza Italia

A map of Italy made out of pizza is a delicious and visually appealing work of art. The map is made from one slice of pizza, arranged in the shape of Italy. The overall effect is one of color, flavor, and creativity.

Fromage France

A piece of cheese arranged in the shape of France. A better map would be made up of individual pieces of cheese, each of which would be shaped like a different region of France; Camembert for Normandy, Brie for Île-de-France, Roquefort for Occitanie, Époisses for Bourgogne.

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