I was commissioned to make this piece for a company based in the Galapagos. It is one of those locations that is steeped in history, it’s a far away place yet we all know of their existence so I was excited to take on the challenge of creating the Galapagos in 3D. It was a very interesting yet challenging piece simply because there are so many islands in the archipelago. Because of its history I felt that the most appropriate chart would be a B&W chart from the UKHO archive, in this case it dates back to the 1950’s. The detail is exquisite, the hand-drawn details from the original surveys are very evident. The layout of the islands looks fabulous in 3D and with the surround lighting built into the frame, it is simply a stunning chart.

The Galapagos Archipelago is a cluster of some 13 volcanic islands and associated islets and rocks located just under the equator, about 600 miles west of Ecuador in South America. The group consists of 15 main islands, 3 smaller islands, 107 rocks and islets.

The significant island names are as follows: Baltra (South Seymour) Island, Bartolomé (Bartholomew) Island, Darwin (Culpepper) Island, Española (Hood) Island, Fernandina (Narborough) Island, Floreana (Charles or Santa María) Island, Isabela (Albemarle) Island (Ecuador), Marchena (Bindloe) Island, North Seymour Island, Pinzón (Duncan) Island, Pinta (Abingdon) Island, Rábida (Jervis) Island, San Cristóbal (Chatham) Island, Santa Cruz (Indefatigable) Island, Santa Fé (Barrington) Island, Santiago (San Salvador, James) Island, Wolf (Wenman) Island.