Jerry’s Compelling Map | Check out Where Passion Can Lead an Artist

I am so fascinated with Jerry’s Map and his devotion to his own creation! I am fascinated with the way he  immersed in his alternate reality of the map, his passion and daily loyalty for 20 years… and more! It is astounding! This is an example of where true passion can lead you! Over 3200 individual panels! All been painted in acrylic, marker, colored pencil …

In the summer of 1963 Jerry Gretzinger began drawing a map of an imaginary city. The work started as a doodle done in the spare time he had while working at a tedious job. He continued to add to that map through the years until, in 1983, Jerry set it aside to put his free time to other use.

The Map was stored in the attic of his home in Cold Spring, New York. It gathered dust. Jerry’s son, Henry, found it one day while rummaging around. He brought it down to his father and asked what it was. Seeing it then triggered Jerry Gretzinger to dust it off and continue the project.

It now comprises over 3200 individual eight by ten inch panels. Its execution, in acrylic, marker, colored pencil, ink, collage, and inkjet print on heavy paper, is dictated by the interplay between an elaborate set of rules and randomly generated instructions.

Check out below a short documentary about Jerry Gretzinger’s amazing work.

Jerry’s Map from Jerry Gretzinger on Vimeo.


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Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (