Artists, mathematicians, and scientists think about their work as a structure that already exists. Their job is to chip away at the detritus. They clear the noise and the content that distracts. They dig up the bones of a fossil and work on revealing a structure that’s already there.
Take Michelangelo, who, by his own admission, was onlyfreeing David from the surrounding marble.
Mapmakers let the geographic content ̶ the data and the layers ̶ communicate.