The Animal World

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As part of my degree at university, I had to do some units in cartography. It was incredibly challenging and made me look at maps in a completely different way. We studied cylindrical, interrupted, plane and conical projections, but we never covered the ‘animal projection’.

Japanese artist Kentaro Nagai has used the world map to create each of the animals in the Japanese zodiac. The idea originated when Nagai thought about world peace in terms of all the ‘pieces’ of the world uniting. From there, the twelve animals of the zodiac were created.

The result is fascinating. I looked at the photos over and over again, and my kids were fascinated too. Check out the Flash presentation to see the continents shifting and tiny islands mixing to create the rooster’s comb or a rat’s tail.

Not everything we tell you about at Babyology is for sale. If you were thinking that the brightly coloured elephant or owl canvases on your nursery walls could be replaced with a striking ‘Piece together for Peace’ rabbit, think again. Instead, enjoy the magical maps and dream about world peace.

(Via Swiss Miss)

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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