This piece of art created for The Wilson Street Promenade is an abstracted map of the City of Guelph. The first layer of colour is informed by a historical map of Guelph. Using components from this map, Natalie developed the locations for various areas of colour. The second layer of black squares and street markers takes its inspiration from a current map of Guelph, and the last layer is informed by a tourist map of the city. All these layers work together to create a composition that is both rich in information, but also visually abstract. The piece’s title, “4380,” is derived from the longitudinal and latitudinal location of the City of Guelph.
About the artist
Natalie Schiabel is a Toronto based artist with a background in architectural design and visual studies who will begin her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Toronto this fall. Much of her work is place-based, allowing her to explore individual characterizations of locations and destinations with various textures, colours and levels of transparency.