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!

Earth Map of Denmark

I met Anna Weber at the Danish GeoForum’s KortDage event.

She had asked delegates to bring with them a soil sample from their home region, she had over 40 samples from Denmark and as she was keen to tell me one from Sweden. She then made this Earth Map of Denmark.

Is it a map? I don’t know but it was beautiful and if a conference of 800 map geeks thought this was a worthwhile project to give space to, who am I to argue?

She explains the process in this short video clip


Anna sent me this additional info on her artwork:

Itinerant Cartography // Vandrende Kartografi, 2018
Artwork by Anna Weber Henriksen

With this landscape dialogue, images are extracted directly from the earth. 42 different sites from Denmark was connected at Kortdage 2018, and combined the sites created a new map and landscape-painting of the earth’s color and texture. The process here allows the composition of the land differently, moving cities and borders, and we can observe a new staging of the landscape, freed from its cadastral and economic value.

A starting point for this work is the artists interest in how mapping the globe with classifications, data collection and technological perfection affects the way we look and sense our surroundings. We all know the current mapping with socio-economic interests that always have a specific goal: where are the best agricultural land, where can the highway be located, where should the drinking water be protected, which building sites are the most expensive, where is the pollution worst, where does the refugees move? Everything can be mapped – both visible and invisible elements. But what about the earth in itself? Can it be mapped without the aim of a readable facit, classification or control-system?

The 42 sites, was collected by the participants at Kortdage 2018, and the work was a collective process unfolding throughout the geodata conference, as an open studio.

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.



Shetland in a box on a cake

Today is GIS Day, so you get an extra bonus map in the wild thanks to Ross McDonald of Angus Council. Apparently they celebrated GIS Day with this scrumptious map cake.

For those not in the UK, the reference to Shetland in a box may be confusing. Recently the Scottish Government passed a law requiring map makers not to use the well established cartographic device of an inset map when representing the Shetland Islands, you can read more about this cartographic insanity here

A Stillness Heard Around the World

Dave Lovell has an almost inexhaustible collection of map pics. I wish we’d have had these map collages in time for Remembrance Sunday (just past) but better a little late than not at all.

“Here’s a small series of (not very good) photos taken in Bramhall Methodist Church’s (wild!) remembrance exhibition ‘A Stillness Heard Around the World’ The map collages represent the sentiment in the poem MCMXIV looking back at a time before WWI.”


Those long uneven lines
Standing as patiently
As if they were stretched outside
The Oval or Villa Park,
The crowns of hats, the sun
On moustached archaic faces
Grinning as if it were all
An August Bank Holiday lark;

And the shut shops, the bleached
Established names on the sunblinds,
The farthings and sovereigns,
And dark-clothed children at play
Called after kings and queens,
The tin advertisements
For cocoa and twist, and the pubs
Wide open all day–

And the countryside not caring:
The place names all hazed over
With flowering grasses, and fields
Shadowing Domesday lines
Under wheat’s restless silence;
The differently-dressed servants
With tiny rooms in huge houses,
The dust behind limousines;

Never such innocence,
Never before or since,
As changed itself to past
Without a word–the men
Leaving the gardens tidy,
The thousands of marriages,
Lasting a little while longer:
Never such innocence again.

Philip Larkin (1922-1985)