Cut Maps

Laser Cut Maps

Urban Lace

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.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Aaron
    Aaron

    Hey everyone, my name is Aaron and I am here with Daily Grommet. Unfortunately, Dan is unable to join us today, but I am happy to answer any and all questions you may have!

  •  SUE
    SUE
    4/16/2013 12:14 PM

    CAN AREAS OTHER THAN THOSE LISTED BE CUT?

    THANK YOU.

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    4/16/2013 12:22 PM

    @ SUE Hi Sue, great question. Dan is indeed capable of creating custom maps.

    Customer Support is handling all custom map requests and will reach out to you to help coordinate.

  •  Carol
    Carol
    4/16/2013 12:51 PM

    @Aaron Gerry

    I would like to be contacted for a custom Map as well.

    Thank you,

    Carol

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    4/16/2013 12:55 PM

    @ Carol Hi Carol, thank you for the note. We will be in touch by the end of the day.

  • Crystal
    Crystal
    4/16/2013 12:18 PM

    Your site doesn't show photos of all the cities. Also, the drop down menu just says US cities or international cities, not the name of the individual cities available?

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    4/16/2013 12:27 PM

    @Crystal Hi Crystal, under the "Options" dropdown, you will see two options: "US Cities" or "International Cities." Once you select one of those categories, the list of cities will become available in the dropdown menu titled "Design."

    For photos of the maps, you can view 18 of the top selling cities under the "Details" tab in the link titled, "Click Here to View Maps of Top Selling Cities," located at the bottom of the page.

  •  Anne
    Anne
    4/16/2013 12:21 PM

    What cities do you have. I want this! But there is no list of the cities you have.

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    4/16/2013 12:31 PM

    @ Anne Hi Anne, please see the comment above on how to view all the city map offerings.

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    4/16/2013 12:27 PM

    I'm with Sue. Can't you do a little southern town? It would be so cool

    to give my husband a map of our home town!

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    4/16/2013 12:40 PM

    @Barbara Hi Barbara, Dan agrees, that's why he began creating the maps! Based on Dan's technology, he can create maps down to specific neighborhoods.

    Customer Service will be in touch to help coordinate your request.

  •  Erikka
    Erikka
    4/16/2013 12:36 PM

    I went to order but realized you don't have Austin, TX. When you do, please email me- I think this is a really cool gift for those hard to buy men! Best wishes!

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    4/16/2013 12:45 PM

    @ Erikka Hi Erikka, thrilled to hear you like the Grommet. We will be sure to let you know know if/when Austin, TX becomes available.

  •  That's What's Up
    That's What's Up
    4/17/2013 11:30 AM

    @ Erikka - I concur. I want an Austin teXas map

  • Merrylinn
    Merrylinn
    4/16/2013 1:03 PM

    Hi, Aaron. Is this on paper that is archival (won't fade)? Thank you in advance!

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    4/16/2013 1:08 PM

    @MG Hi MG, the maps are cut on High Density EVA foam and are designed to maintain form and color for a long time. Saying that, the color may fade if exposed to direct sunlight over a very long period of time.

  • Jerry
    Jerry
    4/16/2013 1:15 PM

    Hi Aaron, please have support contact me about a custom map as well. Thanks.

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    4/16/2013 1:19 PM

    @Jerry Hi Jerry, absolutely. Expect to hear from us by the end of the day.

  •  SH
    SH
    4/16/2013 1:18 PM

    I'm also interested in Austin TX

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    4/16/2013 1:21 PM

    @ SH Great to hear from our Austin friends! We will contact you by the end of today.

  •  Rona
    Rona
    4/16/2013 2:45 PM

    Hi Aaron.... Do you know whether or not Warsaw is one of the international cities that is a laser-cut map? Can requests be made for cities that might not be on the list?

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    4/16/2013 2:59 PM

    @ Rona Hi Rona, good questions. We are offering Dan's full collection of maps, but he does have the option to produce new cities.

    We will have Customer Support contact you today to help coordinate a map for Warsaw.

  • David
    David
    4/16/2013 2:59 PM

    I'm unclear on whether these are three dimensional. Are the buildings and streets shown at their scaled heights?

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    4/16/2013 3:26 PM

    @David Hutcheson Hi David, the map is flat and only depicts streets within the city.

    The black markings and lines represent streets, highways and back alleys, so the map does not show any buildings.

    Technically, the map is 3-dimensional, about 1cm thick, but there are no topographical variations in height.

  • Elise
    Elise
    4/16/2013 4:40 PM

    Hi,

    I'm sure my husband would love one of BROOKLYN as opposed to "New York City." Any chance of that coming any time soon?

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    4/16/2013 5:38 PM

    @Elise Richer Hi Elise, You'll be thrilled to know that Brooklyn is available. If you search under "US Cities" you will be able to find the map.

  •  Ray
    Ray
    4/16/2013 4:57 PM

    Can he do Albuquerque, New Mexico?

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    4/16/2013 5:40 PM

    @ Ray Hi Ray, Dan has the ability to create custom maps based on a wide-range of locales. We will have Customer Support reach out to you to get this worked out.

  •  Sue
    Sue
    4/16/2013 5:09 PM

    Are these framed? Also interested in small towns in NY

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    4/16/2013 5:42 PM

    @ Sue Hi Sue, the maps are framed (matte-black wooden frame) and secured by a plexiglass front.

    If you are interested in learning more about custom options, we will have Customer Support reach out to you.

  •  Sue
    Sue
    4/17/2013 7:50 AM

    @Aaron Gerry Thank you for the info!! Any place in the NYC area that you can see the maps?

  • Aaron
    Aaron – Special Guest
    4/17/2013 10:32 AM

    @ Sue Hi Sue, you're welcome! At the moment, the maps are only available online.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

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