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"Daisy Datums"

Size: 5" x 7"

Papercutting on archival paper with vintage map scrapbook paper for background.


A datum is simply a reference system used for computing or correlating the results of surveys. There are two principal types of datums: vertical and horizontal. A vertical datum is the level surface to which heights are referred. The horizontal datum is used as a reference for position. 


A geodetic datum is a global reference frame for precisely representing the positions of locations on Earth. Datums are crucial to any technology or technique based on spatial location. Because the Earth is an imperfect ellipsoid, local datums can give a more accurate representation of some specific area of coverage than a global datum. 


The geodetic datum is essentially a model of the shape of the Earth, with its many elevation changes over mountains and valleys-- its a way to model the "lumpiness" of the Earth, as it is not a smooth ellipsoid. This helps in navigation, surveying, geographic information systems, remote sensing, and cartography. 


As datums help up measure the "ups and downs" of the Earth's system, may this "Daisy Datums" piece remind you that the ups and downs of life are as natural as the ups and downs of the Earth's surface. Nothing in life or on Earth is smooth sailing, but with a datum reference system, you can navigate these changes with confidence. May you find a good 'datum' system to help you negotiate these ups and downs of life's adventure. 


Created as part of  the Cartography of Flowers Collection.


This papercut art piece is hand-cut from one sheet of white archival paper and matted with a printed colored vintage map of a city in France. The floral bouquet is made up of one daisy flower with several smaller daisy flowers and two anemone-like flowers, surrounded by leaves.

Daisy Datums

  • SIZE: 5" x 7"

    MEDIUM: Papercut Archival and Scrapbook Paper


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