The image above fascinates me; the artist has mad a graphic map of Tamarac [LA] but next to it she has then broken down the components that makes a map. Each gren shape has been lined up to create a patter. She has done this with a number of cities e.g. Belin, New York. It is very interesting to see how these cities have all been created differently by viewing the pattern potential solely.
The combination of the rivers stripped from a map and the extension of them in to a plant plays with the idea of macro & microcosms.
French artist Armelle Caron uses maps in a couple of ways. First, have a look at her organized city maps, executed between 2005 and 2008, in which city blocks are taken apart and organized into neat rows. She does something similar with a world map in Le monde rangé, available as a poster.