Columbus, OH airport

A range of images of the use of maps at John Glenn Columbus airport. The above a large compass rose inlay with the state map at its centre in the arrivals hall. Below, a street network formed from pieces of coloured laminate on a wall adorning the wall of a food court. The entire map was around 30ft long by 10ft tall.

Always consider the world when recycling…except eagle-eyed readers will notice a somewhat stylized version of a flat, projected map placed in a blue circle with some shadow effects to make it appear like a globe. Why didn’t they just use a globe?


And with apologies for the blurrycam, but this ladies earrings were magnificent. Spotted in the terminal, a large wooden mosaic of Africa as a hooped earring. Magnificent mappery!

Brewdog USA brewery

A recent visit by Mark Iliffe and I to the Brewdog USA brewery found it to be teeming with maps. While we were still capable of operating a camera here’s some select pics. The map above is by Craig Fischer, Brewdog’s resident artist and simply shows the location of each of their breweries and pubs when painted in 2017.

And here’s another, occupying the floor in their new brewery ‘museum’. I mean, who doesn’t like gigantic maps!!!

You can even have your picture taken inside the Ohio map.

Or drink your favourite brew with a map of the state on your glass.



Canterbury Plains

I saw this example on a recent journey through Canterbury airport, New Zealand. As I wandered through the departure area I naturally thought the patterns on the carpet looked like a map then when you look at the vast expanse rolled out in front of you it becomes obvious it is a map. You are literally walking across a giant abstract map of the Canterbury Plains.

The purpose was to provide visitors to the area with a lasting taste of South Island that mirrored the spectacular views of the Southern Alps from the lounge itself. The carpet has been designed to show the patchwork agricultural shapes of the plains juxtaposed with the rising mountainscape. Satellite imagery was used to re-create the landscape and the carpet is actually a fair representation of the region from Ashburton across the Alps.


America loves concrete. Urban areas are absolutely covered in the stuff. Everything is made using the stuff. But I do like the fact that they imprint various patterns into the vertical walls they make using the stuff. often it’s something that reflects the neighbourhood. As a large citrus producing area, many in and around Redlands have oranges or orange groves. this, however, is near Loma Linda hospital and has the imprint of the world. It’s a little odd…two portions of a hemisphere either side of the underpass but, clearly, a considerable amount of artistic license in the positioning of land masses.

Map on a wall

This map is painted on a wall next to a petrol station in Redlands CA. Originally painted in the 1950s and recently restored. I pass it almost every day and love it. What particularly impresses me is that it’s right reading. When you’re stood looking at the wall you’re pretty much facing east. So the map is oriented that way too. East is at the top. You look left and see the mountains and that’s north. Any map in a public space should be oriented correctly. North is not always up!