The Scrapwood World Map

The scrapwood map the the provinces of the Netherlands was the most popular item in my Dutch webshop in 2018. That does not mean that the map is decorating walls in hundreds of living rooms, but it is still a modest success for this piece of virtual recycling.

The scrapwood map of the Netherlands on a wall in a room above a working table

The World

After this achievement, I just had to make a world map in scrapwood as well and here it is… Just like the map of the Netherlands it was rendered in 3ds Max using digital scaffolding, plywood, planks, slats, floorboards and rusty nails.

The colors and textures were chosen quite randomly. Although: that snow (or is it paint?) on Antarctica is not entirely coincidental.

world map made of scrapwood, old planks, plywood and othe recycled material


Like its predecessor, this world map is available, not only in my Dutch webshop but also worldwide, on various materials and on household items like shower curtains, pillows, duvet covers, beach towels and yoga mats . If it is going to sell just as well as its Dutch sister, I will also make a scrapwood map of Europe. That will be quite a job though, digitally jigsawing all those tiny countries.

Section of a scrapwood map of the world made of old planks, plywood and other recycled material, showing the regions around the Mediterranean Sea

The making of

The following video shows how the different parts of the map were attached to the wall. Or, well, how that would have looked if it really were scrap wood instead of digital junk. Make sure that the sound is on, it makes the movie more fun…

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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  1. 9. April 2019

    […] 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. […]

  2. 25. December 2020

    […] of the world maps are made of extra-ordinary (virtual) materials: scrapwood, bottle caps, coffee beans, stained glass. And the maps made of toilet rolls and face masks fit […]

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