World Map

world map

First Coat Complete


One big project I (with the help of many others) finished up the summer with (that I’m still putting ‘final’ touches on) is an approximately 20′ by 36′ geo-political map of the world. When Tiffany talked to me about the idea, I thought it was great. Our school hosts students and families from all over the world. The concept of a huge map to play on and talk about seemed like a great fit.

For me, it seemed like an issue of respect. In our political climate, the map to me seemed like an act of hospitality. Shorewood is glad to be an international community. That being said, representation and quality were very important to me.

 

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Stencil

In terms of quality, I wanted each country’s painting to express care. I wanted it to look good from a distance, when taking the whole map in at once, and up close, when investigating a single country.

A political map has plenty of issues of representation to deal with. The stencil we used projected the globe in a way that I think is good quality but it neglected many of the island nations. This is understandable given the style of the stencil; but given the scale of the map, I thought we could do better. I tried as well as I could to represent all the landmasses size would allow. Islanders are important to our community too.

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The Dotted Line

The stencil was also a bit outdated, so some newer sovereign states had to be added by hand. Also, plenty of political borders around the world are disputed. Therefore, every map is a political statement. I tried to deal with this as respectfully as I knew how.

Perhaps a borderless map would have been more ideal(istic), but internationality is an important aspect of the school.

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Country Outlines

Overall, I’m pleased with the project (Except I noticed yesterday that Jordan looks wonky). I still have some touchups to work on, but it is useably complete.

It has been very fulfilling to see how many families have walked over the map, talking about various places.

Thanks, SHES PTO, for making the project happen. Thanks to all who helped paint as well.

Nearly Finished, in Panorama


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