This ultra-high detail map displays Seattle and its vast waterfront, with Puget Sound to the West and nearly 22 miles of Lake Washington waterfront to the East. The intricacy of the map invites the observer to linger over Seattle’s landscape, jumping between neighborhoods, from Ballard, Queen Anne, and Magnolia to West Seattle, Beacon Hill, and the International District. From there, one may notice the ferry routes in Puget Sound or the lightly engraved trees illustrating the forested areas. No matter how many times you look at this map, each glance is sure to invite discovery. With this piece, the beauty and timelessness of cartographic art speak for themselves.
Our process uses micro-3D engraving to represent fine details across several layers of the artwork. The deepest layer is the core of the plywood below the veneer, and the highest layer is a clear gloss. Each meticulously mapped layer is represented by a specific laser intensity and frequency, resulting in an engraving with subtle nuance in its gloss, depth, and texture. Bridges and overpasses are mapped to the lowest power so they are represented on the top layer (least engraved), while large roads and tunnels are set to high power for the extra depth. Farms, forest and parks landscapes, industrial areas, universities, and schools all have distinct textures that distinguish them on the map. Water, in all its forms, is represented by a mesmerizing wave pattern. Open natural areas are left untouched and retain the beauty of the base material.
Map data is provided by Open Street Maps and ESRI for accurate cartographic projections and is processed in a way that allows Alpha Channel Design to produce custom large area maps with the maximum level of map detail at the highest resolution the material can handle (typically 300-600dpi).