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August 04, 2006

Imaginary worlds part 2

image from Urville

Urville is the extraordinary creation of Gilles Trehin, a 34 year old French man with autism. For more than 20 years, Trehin has been creating Urville out of his imagination...he's made hundreds of meticulously detailed drawings of the city, and developed a full economic, historical, and geographic profile of it:

URVILLE is located in the southern part of the Phoenician Island (3 022 km2), main island of the Insular Province archipelago, which is also constituted of Sloop Island at the north east (306 km2), and Sarrasin Island at the west (103 km2).

(...) The city of URVILLE is watered by the Sea Horse River which takes it's spring at Vaux des Hippocampes (98W), Ecrantes River which takes it's spring at Saint Philippe des Ecrantes (98E), and Fougueyron River which takes it's spring at Valounet (98E), these 3 rivers and ends at Bacrouge's Harbour.

All of this information (and believe me, there's a lot) can be seen on The Urville website. There are also many, many images. If you want a more lasting record, I suggest you pick up a copy of the Urville book.


Posted by Chris Spurgeon at August 4, 2006 01:26 AM


I always enjoyed reading Dictionary of Imaginary Places - which is an atlas of various, created, worlds. Some are just from school-children essays, or from major novels.

Now, if one could load these atlases into something like Geonames or Metacarta to parse and map these imaginary locations...

Posted by: Andrew Turner at August 4, 2006 06:36 AM