Mappery has photos of the recent Keramieken Kaart van Delft Ceramic Map of Delft, a awesome large ceramic mosaic map in keeping with a 1672 map by Frederick de Wit it is fixed to a brick wall on a street in Delft, the Netherlands. Designed by artist Nan Deardorff McClain, the map was supported by a crowdfunding campaign and built by around 500 local volunteers. The grand commencing was to have been in March, however the pandemic intervened. More photos can be found at the assignment’s Facebook and Instagram pages; a brief video on the making of the map is below and on YouTube.
Coverage in the Algemeen Dagblad is in Dutch, as are many of the links. In recognition of Maine’s Bicentennial, and along with our newly introduced exhibition, “Mapping Maine: The Land and Its Peoples, 1677 1842,” we are elevating funds to conserve historic maps of Maine and beyond to be sure that scholars and researchers of every age continue to have access to cartographic supplies vital to knowing the history of the area, the nation, the land we now call Maine, and our local groups. When historic maps, atlases, and globes come into our collections via donations by americans and businesses or by purchase—just like the 1855 Wall Map of Old Town, Penobscot County, Maine, displayed below—they frequently arrive in fragile condition due to their age, the nature of the materials, and the way they have been used over the years. While we offer protection to and store the items in our world class climate controlled storage facility, many items need conservation as a way to be displayed and utilized by our patrons of all ages.