Paper maps have often been hung as wall art as a way to show off one’s affinity for a place, whether it’s one’s hometown, a beloved vacation spot, or a fantasy travel destination.
Now folks can showcase their favorite coastlines, ocean floors, and lakeside locales thanks to Australian company Pangea, which recently launched a line of 3D wooden contour maps.
Founded by industrial designer Tom Percy, Pangea hopes to connect people with their environment in a tangible way. The handsome maps are created from layers of plywood that have been laser-cut using CAD technology and modern surveying techniques—all combined with the art of cartography, natch.
Pangea offers maps of major regions in the U.S., Canada, and Australia whose scales and compositions are carefully considered. Each map represents accurately sourced bathymetric data—or underwater topography—rendered in multiple layers of unfinished plywood. Surrounding land is painted white to create contrast.
Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and the Great Lakes are currently available, but Pangea also offers the ability to create a custom map. The maps, available on their website, start at $360.