Pangea Maps are carefully curated, designed and crafted contour maps. I built the first concept map two years ago, creating a 3D ocean floor map of Australia's Moreton Bay: the saltwater playground of my youth. After months of prototyping and experimenting with different materials, I gave the finished product as a gift to my Dad for his 60th birthday.
I was inspired by the work of Marie Tharp, a pioneer oceanographer, who together with Bruce Heezen, created a scientific map of the entire ocean floor. The project took Marie and Bruce 18 years and they published their work in 1977.
The maps are a symbolic endeavour combining old cartography techniques with modern design and each one is unique.
- Tom, creator of Pangea Maps