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.

Attingham Hall

Jeremy Bolwell sent us this map of Wales

“This map of Wales dates from when Attingham Hall was a college, I think. I have always considered it a good idea to paper maps to walls – the scale needs to be right but it gives insights into the geography of the area or country displayed that you simply do not get when looking down on a map spread on a table top or similar.”

The picture first appeared on Geograph

Roman Bedford

Paul Hardy sent us this picture of a map of Roman Bedford

“Here’s another map in the wild. It’s in the centre of Bedford (UK), and the photo is taken looking down from the remains of the medieval castle mound. The map is of Bedford in Roman times. It would normally be surrounded by a lush green English lawn, but this was taken in what was the hottest, driest July for many years, which may explain the droopiness and lack of interest of passers-by”

For a little more info on Bedford Castle have a look at Wiki

A SplashMap in Peru

David Overton of SplashMaps sent us this pic of a splash map in use in the Peruvian jungle.

“Deep in the Peruvian rain forest the Norwegian military were in charge of navigation, using SplashMaps to navigate the Yaku river in particular while delivering aid and support to remote villages.”

I like the juxtaposition of the fabric map and the GPS or whatever is on this guy’s phone.

Sulawesi election hoarding

Ant Scott sent us this pic from a recent MapAction deployment

“I came across this one while out on a damage assessment visit yesterday for MapAction following the recent Sulawesi earthquake. I don’t remember seeing maps on election posters before, let alone with classes and a legend, showing (I believe) which seats this party is standing in. However the road the poster is on is actually closed now because a little further on, it (and many houses) was swept away by the soil liquefaction which followed the earthquake. Politics (and everything else) continues, but there’s a huge reconstruction job to be done following a disaster which has literally changed the landscape and claimed thousands of lives.”

Sri Lankan Railways

Dan Ormsby sent us this schematic map

“A schematic map hanging in the signal box of a railway station in central Sri Lanka showing the lines, signalling equipment, engine sheds etc.  The signalling equipment is the original equipment installed by the British when the railways were build (around the 1860’s) .. and the map looks nearly as old!  I like the way that it is actually a black and white print, that somebody has coloured in with pencil to aid its interpretation – GIS the old fashioned way!  It, along with the signalling is a good step back in time to remind us of how the railways were once run in Britain without the use of digital tech – and still are in other parts of the world.  The train we got in Sri Lanka was itself 4 hours late – but the signal man let our kids kill half an hour changing the signals and the points.  Fortunately only a small handful of trains travel through there each day!”

Thanks Dan, glad the kids didn’t cause a railway disaster.