In order to “destroy” my map, I began thinking of what my map could endure. I wanted to end up with a product that still reflected its map origin, so I did not with to destroy it fully. What I decided to do was to fold my map up and take it with me, so I would remember to keep it on my mind. I ended up keeping it folded in my sock for a few days before deciding to keep it on my person while I played in my lacrosse game. After the game, my map was quite soggy, but also very authentically worn and yellowed like an old map would be. At this point I was happy with the texture and look of the paper, but I wanted to keep working so I attempted to “dry” it using matches. Although I burned a few holes, I realized that the singed look complemented my “worn” look that I was looking for. I then set out to figure out what the essence of a map really was. My thoughts were adventure, a journey, getting lost, and being found again. Every part of traveling is a mystery and a new story. I was thinking of two things in particular; Pirate adventures and mazes. I ended up continuing to make my map look worn and important by decorating the corners and rolling it up like a treasure map. I was thinking of a message in a bottle when it dawned on me that the bottle inside my map (rum specifically) gave an ironic and pirate-esque feel. To make it more interesting after a few days of looking at it, I decided that I wanted to show what I associated with traveling. The familiar territory of the united states made me think of the American flag, and the texture of the paper helped to give my map a stars and stripes look while not overbearing the paper with solid color. All I wanted to add in after that was my association with traveling and a maze. I made the bottle a maze that (if one examines closely) goes through from my home of Long Island, to my home in Savannah. The course of the map passes through various cities that friends and family live in, and the length of it is meant to symbolize an adventure as well as places I have enjoyed throughout my travels (Costa Rica, Virginia, Guatemala, etc.) I enjoyed working on this project because the main product was an afterthought. The various days of different ideas and directions helped to create something new and interesting.