About Cut Maps
Maps are powerful objects. They can help you find your way to someplace new, remind you of cities you’ve called home, and inspire you to plan new travel adventures. For Dan Linden, maps are the inspiration for his intricate artwork.
A mechanical engineer, Dan likes to explore the intersection between technology and art. While working at a company that designs roller coasters, he started experimenting with a laser cutter. His foray into laser-cut maps started with a tracing of his former neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. Since then, Dan has created geographic representations of more than 40
cities around the globe.
Like urban lace, his Cut Maps show the unique patterns formed by city streets, parks, landmarks, and natural boundaries. To past residents, the streets and neighborhoods don’t need any labels. You can instantly recognize old addresses and former stomping grounds. To the unfamiliar, the geographic details are an invitation to explore new territories. Adventure awaits.