I’m a bit late to the party on this one (it was first discussed in 2009), but the Internet is a wonderful thing in the way that it allows you to discover things for yourself that were being talked about months and years ago.
My latest discovery is the wonderful fusion of art and atlases by Spaniard Fernando Vicente, who is based in Madrid.
Within an extensive catalogue, Vicente painted a number of works which fused human and animal form with old atlas pages. His works were inspired by the shapes of countries and continents, often askew from their original orientation.
A good example can be seen below where South America has been turned through 90 degrees to form the head of an elephant, in a sympathetic nod to his Argentinian cousins the trunk ends by dousing the increasingly controversial Falkland Islands.
The whole series of thirty-four works serve to place people and animals in their geographical environment and I hope that you’ll be able to take the time to view the other works on the artists web page (under Fine Art – Atlas), or on his blogsite.
He has also had a go at registering some of his art within Google Earth.
I hope that you like them as much as I do, and if anyone finds out where there are prints for sale, please let me know.