BORING, Oregon, August 9th, 2014 -- Just in time to commemorate Boring and Dull Day on August 9th, a new piece of local artwork is available to the public. Two card-carrying NACIS members from Boring, Oregon, have created an illustration showcasing the unusual alliance between three communities around the world who have unstimulating names. The thrilling threesome between Bland, Dull, and Boring has formed the League of Extraordinary Communities and the artwork contains detailed maps and factual information on each community, as well as a timeline detailing the development of this tedious triangle. Local residents took advantage of purchasing the poster in person at the Boring and Dull Day community social at Boring Station Trailhead Park from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, where cartographers, Matthew Hampton and Erica McCormick, staffed a pop-up map shop for boringmaps.com. The nicely styled print “is a fine addition to any Boring home, in addition to Dull and Bland ones, not to mention any wearisome wall around the world,” Hampton said.
It all started with a bike ride. A Scottish woman was cycling through Oregon and saw a sign for the town of Boring, reminding her of a town she lived near: Dull. Soon, the Dull Women’s Book Club was informed and before long, the Councils of Dull and Boring were rolling up their sleeves. From their enthused camaraderie, the Pair for the Ages was born, twinning Dull and Boring for all time. International interest was piqued and a chord was struck in the outback. The Shire of Bland, in New South Wales, Australia, was no stranger to the tired jokes Dull and Boring endure, and a kinship was formed. Together, these three rural locales now comprise the League of Extraordinary Communities. They were on the world’s mental map, but two particular Boring residents following the developments of the economic tourist partnership happened to be mapmakers and knew something must be done. Hampton and McCormick met over a Boring Brewing beer and decided to tackle the project as a way to honor the trio and provide the finest crafted cartographic creation this tedious triad has seen.
“What intrigued us was the similarities between these three rural places around the globe and the cartographic challenge that one is a shire, one is a parish, and one is a community,” McCormick said. They worked with local businesses and organizations throughout the process and chose a thick pearlized paper, rich ink, and a high quality design. The result is a piece of art that is far from dull and bland.
The poster is frame-worthy so Hampton and McCormick hope folks will be proud to hang it in their homes and to offer as gifts for friends. The Boring duo plans to expand the brand with related merchandise in the future and hopes that other mundane-monikered communities will join the League, which is why it was formed. More information about their work, the Pair for the Ages, and the League of Extraordinary Communities is available at www.boringmaps.com.
“It was really exciting to interview our Dull friends and to be on the phone with Bland folks” McCormick explains. “The international nature of the project made it very rewarding.” The League was formed to encourage tourism and will use the slogan “We’re Bland, Dull, and Boring, so come visit.” Hampton and McCormick think everyone's journey to Bland, Dull, and Boring ought to start with a good set of maps.