One of the front rooms, that may be a study or home office, of a house I walk passed some evenings, occasionally glows in the dim light of a vintage illuminated world globe, that sits on the room’s mantlepiece.
From what I can see of it, the room itself, complete with leadlight windows, is something of a period piece, whose layout is possibly intended to be reminiscent of a Victorian era sitting room.
While this room very much appeals to me, I’m not big on Victorian age clutter, but have always thought a world globe would be a fine adornment to a minimally furnished home office… were I ever to have one. This as opposed to setting up camp at one end of whatever dining, or kitchen, table that is available, as I currently do.
If I ever follow through with the plan to have my own, purpose dedicated office, fitted out with with a world globe, preferably one that is illuminated, it would have to be one of these hand made models.
Portland based developer Justin Palmer has created an eye catching series of maps of the US city based on the age of its buildings and houses, a process that has brought a number of patterns and historical trends to the fore.
In short, lime green structures date from the late nineteenth century, purple the middle of the twentieth, while the most recent are shaded light pink.
Sydney trainer driver Ian Silva spends his spare time producing intricate, highly detailed, maps of the Koana Islands, a fictitious nation situated in the Indian Ocean, about half way between Australia and Madagascar.
Koana Islands (pronounced Co-AHNAH Islands), officially the Republic of Koana Islands is an Oceania country situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It’s closest neighbours are Australia to the east, Madagascar to the west and India to the North. The capital city is Megopolis. The Koana Islands is made up of 32 islands, of which 11 are uninhabited and are national parks. The biggest island, Koana Island, has an area of approximately 574,925 square kilometres and is home to the vast majority of Koanians. All up, the 32 islands provide an area of 931,223 square kilometres, roughly the size of Spain and Sweden combined.
It might look rather crowded out there (full size image), but that doesn’t mean any of the 1400 objects plotted here necessarily pose a threat to us… they just happen to cross the path of Earth’s orbit around the Sun at some point, and that point could be millions of kilometres from where we are now.
New York based artist Nobutaka Aozaki is currently mapping out Manhattan. He’s not working alone though, in fact, posing as a tourist, he enlists the help of people he meets on the streets to put his map together, by asking them to hand write directions from their current location in the city, to another.
Talk about a picture speaking a thousand words… there’s a lot to be learned about the way the world is, and was, from looking at maps that set out anything from people’s attitudes to foreigners and sexuality, through to writing systems, religious beliefs, ethnic diversity, and economic inequality, among others.
I guess we’ve all heard stories of explorers, sailors, and even people lost somewhere, who have managed to reach their destination, or a place they were hoping to find, solely through navigating by the stars.
It’s a method of navigation though that has always struck me as problematic because, you know, the stars are always in motion… how is anyone supposed to figure where they’re meant to be going when the goal posts are constantly changing, as it were?
For instance, the top and bottom stars in the Southern Cross, or Crux, to use its Latin name, always point south (and therefore north in the other direction), so working out other compass points becomes a lot easier.
The North Star isn’t visible below the equator. Instead, look for the constellation Crux – it resembles a kite. If you draw a line from the top of the kite to the bottom, it’ll point you south.