Ever imagine Pittsburgh’s most iconic neighborhoods as places of whimsy and wonder? A Hill of Squirrels, perhaps, or a View of Beeches? Whether you hail from the the Line of Brook or the Land of Oak, your fiefdom is now memorialized in an Etsy
shop, thanks to a series of whimsical maps from artist Stentor Danielson.
Danielson, a Slippery Rock University geology professor and amateur cartographer, creates whimsical, fanstastical maps of familiar places, like Sewickley and Cleveland, with a heaping dose of influence from J.R.R. Tolkien. His map of Pittsburgh, for example, depicts the city as a fantasy land of castles and dragons.
“The Domain of Pittsburgh in the Realm of Pennsylvania” even includes the former site of the Civic Arena is there, labeled as “Desolation of Civic.” Danielson says his pen-and-ink geographical drawings are inspired by epic fantasy novels like Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings.”
A bit twee? OK. But a time-honored spin on the idea of place-making, for sure.
To crawl inside the mind of Stetson, visit Mapsburgh
, his Tumblr blog.