This Mapmaker Creates Beautiful Art From Street Maps

There are UP, Ateneo, and UST maps, too!

( In this period of tumultuous territorial disputes, maps from centuries past are more important than ever—if only to prove sovereignty. We also depend on maps to explore countries and cities for the first time—or even supposedly familiar places we just can't remember how to get to (hello, Waze!). Sometimes, they make nice additions to our walls as art. Take, for example, a collection of minimalist maps made by United States-based artist Cocoy Fisico.


Cocoy Fisco sells framed custom map prints.



The maps are based on information from Openstreetmap.


“I was initially inspired by @mapmakerdavid, [David Garcia], on Instagram and wanted to design my own maps based on my favorite places in the world. It was just a hobby turned a part-time business as we were already starting to sell some prints to our friends here,” Fisico tells in a short chat. Garcia's Philippine maps—all available for free download—feature interesting cartographical renderings of the country, such as one that shows population densities, another that highlights road networks, and a view of the Philippines at night.


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Ateneo de Manila University



University of the Philippines – Diliman


Philippine Flight Path


Fisico's digital renderings, on the other hand, include street maps of Metro Manila; Lucban, Quezon; and Baler, Aurora; as well as hyperlocal spots like the Pasig River and Teacher's Village. You can also let your school pride shine with maps of the University of the Philippines - Diliman, University of the Philippines - Los Baños, University of Santo Tomas, and Ateneo de Manila University. For intrepid travelers, there's an illustration of Philippine flight paths and a detailed map of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.


“Hopefully next month, we can coordinate with a printing business in the [Philippines] so we can start selling there as well,” Fisico adds. According to the artist, prices of prints range from P1,000 to P2,000 depending on the size.


For more information, visit Mapa on Facebook and Instagram.

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