Artist and mechanical engineer Dan Linden has taken an industrial laser cutter and is creating works of art out of the everyday map. While working at a roller coaster company, Dan had an idea to make use of the laser cutter in this office to create a three dimensional replication of his Columbus neighborhood on a beverage coaster to be sold at the monthly art fair.
Not able to find the perfect globe for his father on his 80th birthday, Peter Bellerby took matters into his own hands. He designed one himself and in 2008, due to the large popularity of his globes, Bellerby & Co Globemakers was founded.
He and his team create the sphere out of plaster and then glue the triangular strips, or ‘gore’ to the sphere, without any ripping or ripples. His technique took 18+ months to perfect and over 100 globes were tossed into the scrap pile along the way. To quote Peter, ‘…any mistake on the sphere is then multiplied by Pi…so its extremely important to get the sphere 100% correct, its the base of the entire project.’