A butterfly in East London

Alex Wrottesley sent us these pics of a butterfly made out of an Ordnance Survey 1:50k map sheet.

“Hola Steven
Some lovely mappy artworks to take your mind off the football. 
Spotted in the wild in the Royal Lancaster Hotel – and OS to boot! 

I am a bit puzzled by the two figures and the magnifying glass at the bottom of the frame. Is this CartoLepidopery? Explanations welcome in the comments below.

Alex zoomed in and shared this more detailed view

I’m reminded of a map of GB that is a collage of magazine images that I have somewhere, will have to dig that out. Anyone else got maps made out of unusual materials or sculptures/artwork made out of maps?

Matzah Map of Israel

It’s Pesach (Passover) and Jews around the world will be eating a lot of matzah (unleavened bread). This map of Israel made out of pieces of matzah has been doing the rounds of social media and blogs recently. It will be considered controversial by some as it reflects the post 1967 situation on the ground rather than the 1948 Armistice border or Green Line. I see it as a bite of fun rather than a political statement.

Here is the UN’s original armistice map – it looks as if someone has taken a big bite out of the eastern side of the matzah map.

Newport, Rhode Island

Newport in iron

Mark Safran sent us this beautiful map of Newport Rhode Island which is hanging in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel, those guys seems to like an artistic map 🙂

“Here’s another one @MapsintheWild! This wonderful map is in the lobby of the Newport, RI Marriott. 
#MapsAsArt #nauticalthemes”

It looks like a pretty accurate representation based on this screen grab from OpenStreetMap

Atlas reinvented

Atlas Reinvented

Visiting friends recently and their kids had this fun blow up globe that serves as a beach ball and a geography primer. The photo opportunity was too sweet to miss as it reminded me of the famous sculpture of Atlas.

“In Greek mythology, Atlas was a Titan condemned to hold up the celestial heavens for eternity after the Titanomachy. Atlas also plays a role in the myths of two of the greatest Greek heroes: Heracles (the Roman equivalent being Hercules) and Perseus.”


After we finished playing with the globe beach ball we sat down with a big old fashioned paper atlas and tried to work out how and why the globe got stretched and squashed when it was printed on paper – projections for 5 and 8 year olds (and a 68 year old who still struggles with this stuff).