15 July 2019 -- Europa Technologies has won two awards at the Esri User Conference 2019 in San Diego, California. Both awards were given to a map called “Streets of Gold” which was exhibited at the event’s Map Gallery.
The first award received was one of three Cartography Special Interest Group (CartoSIG) Excellence Awards. The second was the prestigious “Most Innovative Map Award”. This category is for creative new or experimental uses of cartography in work which is created in a graphically distinctive or constructively provocative way.
Streets of Gold is a 1.13m square map of greater London created on a base of 24 carat gold leaf. While gold is a wonderful material to work with, it is also costly when production mistakes are made. For this reason, this work is a collaboration between Europa Technologies and Ewan David Eason, a talented London-based artist who is skilled in working with gold leaf. While Ewan has made maps incorporating gold leaf before, this work is the first time Esri GIS software and Ordnance Survey data were used in production. This has resulted in increased detail from an authoritative source and, through improved layer management, enabled innovative new methods such as the precision application of UV varnish over water features.
The work was inspired by the story of Dick Whittington who leaves home with his cat to seek his fortune in London, where he believes the streets are “paved with gold”. The precious metal is also associated with golden anniversaries and therefore serves as an homage to Esri, Inc. which this year celebrates 50 years in business.
Warren Vick, Founder & Director of Europa Technologies and co-author of the map, commented, “On behalf of Ewan and Europa Technologies, we are thrilled to have won these awards at the Esri User Conference 2019. With over 18,000 attendees, this event attracts a very high standard of work on display in the Map Gallery. We are delighted that Streets of Gold has received such high praise and recognition.”
About Europa Technologies
Europa Technologies is an award-winning pioneer of Location Intelligence solutions for a wide variety of market sectors. Our capabilities allow organisations with international interests to better understand their customers, assets and environment, in a geographic context, thereby gaining a competitive or strategic advantage.
As a trusted advisor, our products and services are used by Fortune Global 500 companies, governments and missions of the United Nations. The company has global licence agreements with several leading Internet-based service providers. Through deployment via Google Earth and Google Maps alone, our world data products have been seen by over one billion people, approximately 1 in 7 of the world's entire population.
Our mission is captured by our hallmark: “Success, located”.
About Ewan David Eason
Since 2010 London based artist Ewan David Eason has created abstract images from reality, drawing particular inspiration from organic and man-made patterns created in cartography. By gilding with precious metals or using complementary colours he aims to focus the viewer on the sacredness and diversity of our living landscapes. High levels of accuracy and dedication are used in the construction of the artworks, emphasising their status as a method of art-as-documentation. Eason's artwork has been well received in a number of prestigious institutions including The Barbican, Christies, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition as well as a solo exhibition at 45 Park Lane in London. His artwork was also featured in the BBC’s The Night Manager. He continues to exhibit at International Art Fairs.
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