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The Abyss Table by Duffy London

This mesmerising table was first conceived by Christopher Duffy — and ultimately refined by the team at Duffy London — to represent a 3D geological map of an ocean floor. The Abyss Table makes use of contour lines, which are often used to denote topography in terrain maps, to render an island chain and ocean abyss.

Contour lines can be thought of as workaround for the 2D limitations of paper maps, but Duffy instead relished these simplifications which have become iconic imagery for the field of cartography. He incorporates layers of wood to represent the land, and panes of glass for the water, in order to produce a 3 dimensional geographical model.

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Supersonic Visits: A Day in the Life of Matt Ritchie.

Recently, photographer Shaun Roberts shadowed Matt Ritchie throughout a normal day’s routine and the result is nothing less than a stunning portrait of a genuine, truly gifted artist.

Matt Ritchie lives and works in Castro Valley, California.  He creates his art throughout the day - he’s done everything under the sun artistically, from illustration to miniature, hand drawn and painted sculptures which are currently on view in a solo show, “Confero,” at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, California until August 23rd - while also working full time as a Park Ranger for the city of Fremont.

This delicate balance of work, creation and lack of sleep should be familiar to any artist and the photographs below paint a beautiful portrait of Ritchie’s devotion to his desire to create, speaking a thousand words on the nature of just what it means to be an artist.  Continue below for over 35 excellent photographs:

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