Wooden Topographical Maps Reveal Underwater Depths

Below the Boat is a website that features all kinds of maps, ranging from the East to West Coast United States, and everywhere in between. But, these wooden creations aren’t your average, flat drawings. The products are layered, wooden representations that reveal the hidden landscapes of an underwater world. Starting with a bathymetric chart–which is a map of underwater terrain–patterns are laser cut out of Baltic birch and glued together in distinct layers. The tactile maps visually portray the ebbs and peaks of the ocean floor in a stunning display of natural wood.

Robbie and Kara Johnson–the married duo behind the website–are located in Bellingham, Washington, and have lived within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean their entire lives. They say, “We see the majesty of a big pool of water and unabashedly geek out over the under-appreciated world hidden just below it’s surface.” You can purchase a variety of locations, ranging from the Pacific Northwest’s volcanic coastline to Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Each piece comes pre-framed in a custom, solid-wood frame that is ready to hang on your wall, and will serve as a constant and fascinating reminder of the world “below the boat.”

Below the Boat website
via [Laughing Squid]

December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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