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Chinese Zodiac animals as maps

The first of our many-to-come incursions into the Visual Loop Tumblr archive

May 6, 2014

It’s now been a while since we stop using Tumblr (read all about it here), and although a big part of our 50.000 infographics archive was lost, we still manage to browse through some of its content, thanks to The Internet Archive.

So, we decided to revisit the content we posted during almost five years and bring some of it here, on a regular basis. Of course that we’re not talking about recent visualizations and projects, and many of them will certainly be familiar to a big part of our readers. But, after all, incursions into data visualization history are far from being rare here on Visual Loop, right? So why not do the same with our remaining Tumblr archive?

The first of those “Tumblr Archive diggings” that we want to highlight made its rounds in the Internet between 2007 and 2011, and you’ll find lots of references about it – just Google “Piece Together For Peace“. This project, by Kentaro Nagai, consisted in a representation of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animal signs with the elements of the world map. Continents and islands were moved around and displayed in a way that they resembled each one of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, and formatted as a set of New Year’s greeting cards – in Japan, it is customary to send these cards with an animal sign of the zodiac for the upcoming year printed on them.

In the project’s website, there’s a little animation with this “dance of the continents”, shaping into the animals:

Piece for Peace2

 

From the Concept Page: “This project was generated by the idea that the image of humanity united as one could be built by combining ‘Nation’, ‘Cooperation’ and ‘Peace’ with all the continents and islands of the world.”

And here you have each one of the greeting cards:

Horse

(image: Kentaro Nagai/Graflex Directions)

Snake

(image: Kentaro Nagai/Graflex Directions)

Dragon

(image: Kentaro Nagai/Graflex Directions)

Rabbit

(image: Kentaro Nagai/Graflex Directions)

Tiger

(image: Kentaro Nagai/Graflex Directions)

Ox

(image: Kentaro Nagai/Graflex Directions)

Rat

(image: Kentaro Nagai/Graflex Directions)

Pig

(image: Kentaro Nagai/Graflex Directions)

Dog

(image: Kentaro Nagai/Graflex Directions)

Rooster

(image: Kentaro Nagai/Graflex Directions)

Monkey

(image: Kentaro Nagai/Graflex Directions)

Ram

(image: Kentaro Nagai/Graflex Directions)

 

Hope you enjoyed this first dive into our Tumblr archives, and we’ll be back soon with more, so keep watching this space.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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