You don’t really want your maps to be “artistic” renderings of reality, we all prefer them to be accurate, but the recent release of Apple’s iOS6 maps is demonstrating a more artistic flair to cartography that is frustrating to those who live based in fact.

Yet that’s not all bad. This capture of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport I spotted on theamazingios6maps.tumblr.com is quite beautiful. As photographer Jonathan Blaustein mentioned to me on Instagram, “Looks just like Burtynsky’s photos from Spain.”

A photography by Edward Burtynski from his series of aerials in the Monegros region of northeastern Spain (aphotoeditor.com)

My Facebook friend Ian Epstein pointed out another striking similar to a work by Andreas Gursky:

Here are some other stunning renderings from the blog:

And this joke is something Hyperallergic readers will certainly appreciate:

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Hrag Vartanian

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic. You can follow him at @hragv.

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