The Map of the End of the World

A local artist maps a postapocalyptic Seattle
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According to the Seattle Doomsday Map, not even the apocalypse will change local priorities. But in this dystopian future, you have to brave the Belltown black market to get a decent espresso, and the only organic garden grows on a heavily guarded SLU rooftop. For his meticulously detailed map (24 by 36 inches) local artist Tony Dowler used pen, ink and watercolor to re-create Seattle’s streets and major landmarks, then let his imagination run wild, pummeling the city with disasters such as earthquakes, zombies, radiation leaks and a cruise-ship crash. He hopes viewers will “create their own stories” about what caused all the mayhem, but for those in search of a storyline, Dowler has written an accompanying satirical travel guide, Dee Dee’s Doomsday Guide to Surviving in Post-Apocalyptic Seattle, which reveals the locations of everything from biohazards to the scroungers’ lair on Denny Street. A tech writer by day, Dowler created the map during a yearlong personal commitment to paint in his free time. To fund printing costs, he posted the finished map on Kickstarter, where backers met the $1,500 goal after just a few hours and pushed the final pledge to more than $18,000. He plans to use the extra revenue to fund the creation of apocalyptic maps set in other cities. Maybe Portland’s Mount Hood isn’t so dormant after all. Maps $15; available at tonydowler.com.