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reginapolis map

by Grace Bonney


I’m the type of music fan that gets into a band or artist pretty obsessively when I first discover them. I read all their interviews, look into their album art and the stories behind it and love to find out about what the band does when they’re not playing music. Usually that level of interest isn’t sustained over the years, but there are a few artists for whom my love is still as that blissful “in love” level (The New Pornographers and The Dismemberment Plan). I love seeing other people’s favorite musicians and artists and how they’ve chosen to celebrate their love of their work, so today I thought it would be perfect to share this map inspired by a singer’s lyrics.


Artist Francesca Pasini loves musician Regina Spektor so much she decided to draw a map of New York City using Regina’s lyrics as the primary means of decoration. Any places or neighborhoods in the lyrics are located in their correct geographic position and each song is written in a different handwriting style.


I love the idea of regional maps composed of lyrics or songs inspired by that area or written by artists in that area. How fun would it be to have a Seattle map made from your favorite grunge-era band’s lyrics? Or a map of Portland using Decemberists lyrics (illustrated by Carson Ellis, maybe?). I love the idea of really combining words and locations like this. It’s such a fun way to play with maps. If you’re interested in picking up this “Reginapolis” map from Francesa you can grab a copy right here on Etsy ($43). xo, grace

*One of my favorite gifts I ever got AC was a (make-believe) map of a town made using only Bruce Springsteen lyrics called “Springstreets“. Not just the actual words, but the imagery in songs. It was AMAZING and so classically Bruce. I’m still holding out for a map of Washington, D.C. using only Dismemberment Plan lyrics…

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