A map of Europe 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.
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.
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.
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.