Art Piece – 3D Wooden Map
This isn't as much a project as it is an interesting piece of art that has been in the works for quite some time. It was created by Curae, a company that has high-quality customized works similar to this. I originally got some smaller pieces for family members over important places to them, but for myself, I wanted something a bit more grand and "worldly." This piece is 2' x 4'. It was one of their earliest larger pieces and turned out incredible! It features worldwide topography and bathymetry with a filled ocean of epoxy resin.
It's easily the best piece of art I have around and I'm glad that it incorporates something from a mapping/GIS aspect so well. Although I can't boast the impressive amount of work that went into designing this piece I can go a little bit into the detail of the type of data that was utilized and considerations involved for such a piece. The process used by Curae and their final output may not follow these exact guidelines but should give people a good idea of the difficulties when faced with visualization and practical application of this data at such scales.
The first step is getting worldwide data. For a project of this scale, we don't need terribly accurate data but if you were curious what the data would look like, I've got you covered. I'd personally recommend two sources for worldwide topography and bathymetry together.
- This site has the pros of being a simple and providing a single file format for the entire world to include both topography and bathymetry. I also like that it has the option to download an already georeferenced (.tif) file which I find to be a fairly universal file