Miscellaneous Works

Scenic Route/Amtrak Map

Scenic Route/Amtrak Map

Amtrak's route map composed of hand tools and railroad spikes cast into Hydrostone. Photo licensed from Jason Varney.

Scenic Route/Amtrak Map

Scenic Route/Amtrak Map

Detail of railroad spike "mountains" as part Amtrak's route map composed of hand tools and railroad spikes cast into Hydrostone. Photo licensed from Jason Varney.

process photo: cast tools

process photo: cast tools

Amtrak's route map composed of hand tools and railroad spikes cast into Hydrostone. Studio shot of Hydrostone-cast tools. Photo by the artist.

process photo: laying out the map

process photo: laying out the map

Amtrak's route map composed of hand tools and railroad spikes cast into Hydrostone. Laying out the map. Photo licensed from Jason Varney.

The National Magazine on Board

The National Magazine on Board

Photo by Gina Michaels

The National Magazine on Board

The National Magazine on Board

Photo by Diane Burko

There are always works that do not easily fit into larger portfolio themes. Occasionally a piece that is hard to categorize will appear on this page.

Scenic Route is one of these. I was recently invited by Amtrak to create an artist interpretation of its route map for the onboard magazine, The National.

For each bimonthly issue of The National, an artist is asked to interpret the map in a unique manner. Others who have been invited to contribute designs include bead-artist Joyce J. Scott and mixed-media artist, Dustin Yellin.

The magazine took itself in a new direction a few years ago with not only the map project,

but with feature articles on contemporary artists such as Laurie Anderson and Judy Chicago.

The map I designed is composed of hand tools and railroad spikes cast into Hydrostone (much like Bones+Tools). It is similar to Spine of the City, which I did for Philadelphia's Art in the Open (2011), in that it envisions the national rail system as part of the skeletal structure of the country, analogous to the way the human skeleton supports our bodily structure.

An online version of the map can be seen here.

A PDF of what appeared in The National can be downloaded here.

Jason Varney was the photographer for the project. Reproduction rights to images credited to him can be arranged directly with Jason.

All artwork on this site © Virginia Maksymowicz.

Most photographs are by Blaise Tobia or Virginia Maksymowicz

other photos are credited.

Some works are collaborative.

Some permissions for use and distribution

available through a Creative Commons License

Attribution - NonCommercial - NoDerivs 3.0

 

process photo: laying out the map

Amtrak's route map composed of hand tools and railroad spikes cast into Hydrostone. Laying out the map. Photo licensed from Jason Varney.