I just barely finished this monster of a commission for Firm LDS Foundation. It took a lot of work getting in all the details in the right places, but it was absolutely fulfilling to do. It may all be in one image, but what it felt like to me was 35+ little illustrations all in one. Zoom up and see if you don’t believe me!
About this map . . .
It illustrates which some call the “heartland theory” of The Book of Mormon, which is that all the events took place in North America. I grew up imagining that the Book of Mormon events took place in Central America (and I think this is the more common conception), so when I first received this assignment, I was a little wary. After I spoke to my commissioner for some time, however, I came to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter where The Book of Mormon took place, as long as my art is helping people to think more about it. My commissioner explained that they aren’t trying to declare with absolute surety that this is fact. It is just a theory that deserves consideration (and he actually did present a lot of convincing evidence).
I’m happy to do art that is uplifting and inspiring, and that’s that. I also love that I was able to illustrate more modern day events from the Restoration of the church and the founding of the United States as well. I hope you too can enjoy commemorating these events and remembering that we truly do live in a promised land.
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