Portland Earring

Michael Terner  sent me this pic of an earring which he tells me is based on part of the street network in Portland

Here’s a map of the Portland, Oregon street grid, including it’s numerous Willamette River crossings. The map is found on the earring of one of my 22 year old daughter’s roommates

Who knows? Anyone able to add labels?

Derby match in CDMX

My son’s friend Isaac took us to the Mexico City derby game between Club America and Cruz Azul at the Azteca Stadium, that’s the one where Maradonna scored his sensational goal against England in the 1970 World Cup and “the hand of God” also intervened on his behalf.

After the game I realised that my first Map in the Wild was there on Isaac’s Club t-shirt.

For football fans, the Estado Azteca is huge (87,000 capacity) and was pretty full for this top of the table match between two local rivals. The football wasn’t great (0-0) but the passion was massive (everyone was searched on entry and belts are banned!) and they served beers and pizza in the seats.

I thought that I would publish this football related map in the wild on the day that Arsenal play Tottenham (2 Dec 2018, Arsenal 4 – Tottenham 2)


Yet another pic from (as of now) our most prolific contributor Charles Kennelly.

“Map outside office in Kamakura Japan, my best guess is that it depicts underwater cable routes. I love the projection and the water caused discolouration that results from the projection.”

I look forward to the discussion between Charles and Ken on the virtues of this projection

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!