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Why DC Map Art Appears in Maine Mailboxes

A six-month project to intricately map every building in DC has caught the attention of a DC Statehood advocacy group.

WASHINGTON – DC Artist Zach Ammerman is obsessed with maps. A self-proclaimed “map nerd”, he says he spent hours as a child studying the finer details of atlases and maps.

His day job has nothing to do with art or cartography, but he is about to turn his passion for cartographic art into a full-time business as his cartographic art projects are selling extremely well.

“The city seems to be filled with other map enthusiasts like me,” Ammerman said.

“I love maps. I love DC, I thought I was going to put the two together. I had worked on maps of other things. I started with parks. Then I made maps neighborhood and they started to really pick up, so I did everything,” Ammerman said.

The “whole” he refers to is an entire map of the district, sketched out to the smallest detail. He says it took five months to do it.

“There are other people doing maps too, but mine is extremely detailed. You can see every building in the entire District of Columbia,” Ammerman said. “Each building is individually drawn by hand. There’s no GIS. No automation of any kind. It’s as close to ‘hand-drawn’ as you can get on a computer.”

Ammerman’s art caught the attention of the advocacy group Neighbors United for DC Statehood. He was working on an awareness campaign and felt that Ammerman’s art could be a central part of his efforts.

“They asked me if they could use my card to put postcards to send to voters in Maine to get them to get Senator Angus King (I-ME) to support DC Statehood,” Ammerman said.

The initiative of the group “Postcards to Maine voters!” » delivered thousands of postcards to mailboxes in Maine. Josh Burch, a representative for the group, said Senator King’s office acknowledged receiving calls from Maine voters about DC’s statehood. Staff in Senator King’s office did not respond to an email request from WUSA9.

“We don’t have a say in (DC Statehood). That’s what’s frustrating about it,” Ammerman said.

Although Ammerman was passionate about the issue of DC Statehood, it was not the driving force behind his map art project. He has countless other DC neighborhood maps he offers for sale on his website. HERE.

“One of my most recent is Geography of Books in DC,” Ammerman said. “The whole map is made of words. It’s a map of all DC’s bookstores plus all libraries.”

Plus, he just created a map highlighting all of DC’s local and independent cafes.

You can learn more about Ammerman through Twitter, instagram or his website.

(There is a particularly glorious campus map he created of the University of Maryland, College Park that your author is particularly fond of.)

More details on the Neighbors United for DC State group can be found on his website or Twitter page.

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