SAUDI ARABIA MAP
SIZE: 122 CM x 139 CM
The map is a portrait of the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia (Saudi map). Manolo Caminos did reserch in his Braziliam ateliÍ from books and old
maps given to him by the Saudi Arabia Braziliam Embassy in 1991.
On the leather, his hand-made tools and
well-practiced fire-engraving technique render a surface wich looks like old,
sometimes yellowed scroll paper. It's protected against time, wheather and
insects with a special and ancient egipcian wax.
The phirograf is an electric burn pencil that
is impossible to eraser. Only with fire. Then, no mistakes are required to draw
The artist tryed to show the grandiose Arabian
writing; the Muslim inheritance; the tradicional buildings in the Central
Province; the Nabataean antiquities at Madain Salih; Makkah, the spiritual
capital; Al-Harram Mosque, which embraces the Holy Kaaba; Medina and the
Messenger's mosque; the falconry; the ports, oil fields, water holes, etc.
Manolo Caminos usually works in his studio at
home in the posh Brazilian peninsula town of Bķzios.
He got his start doing decorative map-portraits
of islands near Rio de Janeiro . He made them more than geographical renderings.
He wove into the landscape of the maps their history, spirit and tradition.