Maps at Home with Emily Sirgent and her Hand Drawn Detroit Wall Map

What is your map at home (title, year, etc.)

I’m an artist from France. Here’s a map of Detroit I did recently, handdrawn in black ink. The black patches represent vegetation, to highlight the opposition of urban and “green” areas. The map size is 60×80 cm. I reproduced every road, street, gardens, parks, etc in the most accurate way so people can relate to its city.

Where did you find/acquire the map?

I finished that map of Detroit last March 2020. It took me about 3 months to complete (about 500 hrs). I used OpenStreetMap and also a map included on my ipad. But some parts are also freely, creatively drawn especially the black patches, to contrast the industrial areas with the residential areas.

What made you hang it on your wall? What stood out to you? What details do you enjoy about the map?

I wanted to highlight the contrast between the urban/concrete side of a city and the nature/vegetation left in it. I’ve always had an interest for maps and also meticulous work.

What in your background has drawn you to maps?

It all started about 10 yrs ago, I think, with a series called “Industrial Sounds”, inspired by electronic music from Detroit (im a fan of Carl Craig) and the city itself, even though I’ve never been there. It’s on my website, you can also see more of the “Grid Zone” series in black and white.

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