Big Ideas 4/3

Maps make things real for us, “every map facilitates some living by virtue of its ability to grapple with what is known instead of what is merely seen, what is understood rather than what is no more than sensed” (Wood, 7). Because maps are visually engaging and the physicality that comes with it, this creates something more concrete and understood, or real. “We are always mapping the invisible or the unattainable or the erasable, the future or the past, the whatever-is-not-here-present-to-our-senses now and, through the gift that the map gives us, transmuting it into everything it is not…into the real” (Wood, 5). When something is mapped out it holds a truth making it real.