Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Laser Cut Topographical World Map

When Amazon came to us with the idea for this project we were beyond thrilled! They wanted us to get creative and design a world map for their Kindle Art Exhibition that would turn heads and be a center piece for their event at the beautiful Axis Pioneer Square art gallery in downtown Seattle. The event was geared around raising awareness and funds for their non-profit Worldreader which helps bring literacy to children and families all around the world.

We didn't want this to be a standard map. We wanted it to be something that could convey a sense of new and old at the same time and feel special to those beholding it. For the pins, this was an opportunity for people to have their own part of making the piece come full circle by writing on the pin a book they had read on a Kindle and placing it where they had read it on the map.

To create the feeling we were going for, a variety of tools were employed from laser cutters to make the cuts and engravings, to saws and other wood working instruments to build the frame, and to soldering irons to custom build the electronics. After much hard work, the piece came together and was ready to debut at the Axis Pioneer Square art gallery in Seattle!

The event ended up being tons of fun! It was such a great feeling to see a project come together like we had envisioned and to see so many people enjoying it and interacting with it. Amazon also featured it on their Facebook live stream so that viewers could comment with places they had read a book on a Kindle and see a pin for it be placed on the map! The board filled up quickly with all the awesome books people had read all around the world! A huge thank you to the people at the Axis art gallery and from Amazon, all of which we had a great time working with!