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Artist Looking To Make Atlas Of Scotland, The First In Nearly A Century

While old-fashioned illustrated maps, and the artists that make them, like Maria Rabinky, still see love in the age of digital maps, they’re not as common as they used to be. Notably, Scotland hasn’t seen an Atlas of Scotland in about a century.

Andrew Barr, an Edinburgh-based writer and artist, is looking to change that however, with a new project currently in the fundraising stage. The planned project will be a hardback book, with illustrated maps accompanied by text. This new Atlas of Scotland will cover the country’s cultural and political history, its status as one of the oldest countries in Europe, and its international relationships.

Mr. Barr issued a statement on the matter, saying that it’s a response to satellite maps replacing traditional and atlases, noting that he feels that these digital maps don’t have the same feel as traditional maps made by people like him and Maria Rabinky, and would leave Scotland with an incomplete depiction of itself.

Barr’s hopes, which he detailed on the project’s fundraiser page, is to retell the story of Scotland’s history and culture by going back to pen-and-ink mapmaking, with the goal of taking a closer look at the country, one of the world’s oldest nations.

The National Library of Scotland’s extensive collection shows that the last major Scottish atlas was the Bartholomew’s 1912 Survey Atlas of Scotland, which had the whole country drawn out with the help of natural science experts. The map was given color with the latest printing methods currently available.

Barr says that digital maps are quite useful, but that doesn’t mean that a hardback atlas of Scotland doesn’t have its niche. He says that he believes that digital maps are best for when people are looking for something specific, but for those that are just looking to explore and discover places, Barr believes that paper maps can’t be beat.

The atlas, as of October 2020, is at its fundraising stage, with its Indie Go Go fundraising page having past the £12,000 target, with funds at about £16,000. The plan, according to Barr, is to have it completed by October 2021.

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