The World without Water
A project by Factum-Arte and Adam Lowe
A three-dimensional surface of the world without water. Each projection is based on high-resolution topographic and bathymetric data that is available in the public domain. The data was prepared and routed in three dimensions into tonally gradated blocks of plaster each approximately 50 x 100 cm. The highest points are white, the lowest one black; in-between are a wide range of tones of grey. The Z axis (vertical dimension) has been exaggerated by 100 times in order to reveal an unfamiliar spiky terrain. This Z axis distortion was used because without it the globe’s surface would appear almost totally flat.
Terra-centric, equi-rectangular projection: In this model north is no longer at the top. The globe was rotated before being projected onto a rectangle so that areas of water are stretched to infinity at top and bottom rather than along the two polar ice-caps. A few islands are sacrificed and are now unrecognisable.
More at Factum-Arte/Engineering the Sublime.
Adam Lowe is invited speaker together with Simon Schaffer for the Casterman-Hamers Chair History and Philosophy of Sciences. On November 2 they are part of a Salon at Bozar with Luc Tuymans and Ann Van Greivestein (coordinator of the Lam Gods restoration). On November 3 they give a lecture at VUB. See more at Casterman-Hamers Academic Chair.