A map of Europa made of scrapwood

Well in time for the European elections, it’s finished: the map of Europe in digital scrap wood. The third in a series; previously I made a scrap wood map of the Netherlands and the world.

The digital scrapwood map of Europe, made of 54 different pieces of virtually recycled wood
The scrapwood map of Europe

54 countries

Making this map was a bit more difficult than the previous two. Instead of 12 provinces or seven continents, we are dealing with 54 different countries big and small here. And for each of them I have searched for a separate piece of wood. Virtual wood, by the way, let there be no misunderstanding about it.

Detail of the scrapwood map of Europa featuring various countries in Central Europe
Central Europe in scrapwood


When making a map of Europe, one immediately has to deal with geopolitical issues. For example: what do we do with Crimea? I decided to follow the international community in not recognizing the Russian annexation of the peninsula.

The scrapwood map of Europe as decoration on a wall in a modern room over a wooden desk
The scrapwood map on the wall


From the other side of the Northsea I received a request for a version with the United Kingdom made of charred wood. But as an Anglophile as well as a European, I sincerely hope that the Brexit debate will not get out of hand in such a dramatic way.

And speaking of the UK: I have made England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland of different pieces of wood. They all have their own football team; that seems like a good criterion.

Detail of the scrapwood map of Europa featuring the British Isles
The British Isles in scrapwood

Frans Blok

My work explores the border regions of photography, painting and computer visuals. With my company 3Develop I do work in commission but I use the same techniques, skills and software to make free work. I am originally an architect and I live in Rotterdam; for that reason the architecture of that city is a major (but not the only) source of inspiration. But also travel to countries like Iceland and Britain, or walks in the Netherlands, provide much material. Seeing and showing quality and beauty, that is what my work is about.

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