Historic maps have long been inspiration for creators across many artistic disciplines, and we wanted to contribute to the continuation of this tradition in some way. Throughout this exhibit, we have highlighted and dissected the tiniest of details found within maps out of curiosity and wonder; here we present a sampling of these cartographic symbologies, extracted for your imagination to play with.
You will find a variety of approaches used due to the creative freedom of our exhibit contributors or limits of extracting tiny details. Some extractions are left exactly as they can be seen in their original map in order to retain their color or technicality. Some have been meticulously cleaned and converted to a vector file for untethered mobility. If you would like to take any of these extractions in a different direction or learn how to extract your own favorites, visit the Liberating Map Symbols feature page.
This page is intended to serve as a lookbook to easily spot an extraction perfect for your own creative endeavors; you can click on any extraction to be brought to the files available for download.