Plate 22, Sheet 10, Ancient Courses Mississippi River Meander Belt (framed + quick-ship)

by Harold Fisk

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Artist Statement

Ancient Courses Mississippi River Meander Belt is a map created by cartographer and geologist Harold Fisk for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Each plate shows a different portion of the Mississippi river and its various courses through time between Cape Girardeau, MO and Donaldsonville, LA, some of these channels date back thousands of years.

The maps were part of his report Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River completed in 1944. The study was made to learn about the formation of the valley over time, and about the major factors that dictate its flow and flooding in the modern era. The data was collected by creating approximately 16,000 borings so that layers of soil and deposits of sediment from the river's prior courses deep underground could be analyzed.

Fisk drew more than geographic data, he also found the river's heart in this jumble of loops and purls. The river finds its personality reflected in this explosive, autumn-colored palette, its constantly churning rhythm shaping the soil, digging out a constantly changing place so distinctively its own. From prehistory to the 20th century, these maps are made for the ages.

Why We Love It

Ancient courses with modern meaning. It’s enough to turn a newcomer into one of these maps’ manifold admirers. Select the section that speaks to you, or collect several of our Fisk prints to work your way toward assembling your own meandering Mississippi River, in all her changeable, unruly beauty ... Read more on the blog!

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+ This Quick Ship artwork ships in one business day.
+ This edition is not eligible for discount.
+ Artwork is pre-framed with a black, handcrafted, custom frame.
+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

Medium:

Museo Portfolio Rag

Edition Structure:
14"x10" | edition of 500

Harold Fisk

Ancient Courses Mississippi River Meander Belt is a map created by cartographer and geologist Harold Fisk for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Each plate shows a different portion of the Mississippi River and its various courses through time, between Cape Girardeau, MO and Donaldsonville, LA. Some of these channels date back thousands of years. The maps were part of Fisk’s report Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River, completed in 1944. The study was conducted to learn about the formation of the valley over time, and the major factors that dictate the river’s flow and... Read More
flooding in the modern era. The data was collected by creating approximately 16,000 borings that made it possible to analyze the layers of soil and sediment deposits from the river's prior courses deep underground. Fisk drew more than geographic data—he also found the river's heart in this jumble of loops and purls. The river finds its personality reflected in this explosive, earth-toned palette, its constantly churning rhythm shaping the soil, digging out an ever-changing path distinctively its own. From prehistory to the 20th century, these maps are made for the ages.
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