Wood Chart map of Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California.
A rocky island that measures 22 miles from tip to tip, Catalina (as it's referred to locally) is home to almost 4,000 people. Nearly all live in the island's only incorporated city, Avalon. A popular destination for tourists, Catalina is serviced by passenger ferry as well as by helicopter. Approximately one million tourists visit the island each year.
Starting with a bathymetric chart (the underwater equivalent of a topographic map), we use laser-cutters to carve the contours into sheets of Baltic birch and glue them together to create a powerful visual depth. We hand stain select layers blue so it's easy to discern land from water, etch major byways into the land, then frame the whole thing in a custom, solid-wood frame and protect it with a sheet of durable, ultra-transparent Plexiglas.