A Stained Glass World Map

I have already made quite a few special world maps, but never a version in stained glass. Our planet played a part in the virtual stained glass window that I made of the famous Earthrise photo, but that is not the same.

So it was about time to fill this gap in my collection. And here’s the result!

A digitally created world map made of 1440 pieces of colored virtual glass

Virtual glass

The map is made of 1440 pieces of colored glass. Virtual glass, of course, because this artwork was made entirely with the help of Photoshop and a tiny bit of Autocad.

Despite the abstraction, the elements that make our world so beautiful remain clearly visible: the oceans and ice sheets, the forests and the deserts.

Bed room with on the wall a world map in stained glass in a black wooden frame

Longitude and latitude

I resisted the temptation to make the map more complicated than necessary. The framework simply coincides with the latitude and longitude lines: every five degrees in the east-west direction, every ten degrees in the north-south direction. Furthermore, as the only frivolity, the tropics and the polar circles are shown as dotted lines. And for the equator, of course, I used a slightly thicker piece of virtual lead.

Zooming in

When we zoom in, it becomes more abstract. But the experts will easily recognize Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean in the section below.

close-up of a digitally created stained glass world map, featuring Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranan and the North Atlantic

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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