I have travelled the world and I have hundreds, thousands, maybe even tens of thousands of pictures of places, people, sights and scenery in dusty albums and on CDs and hard drives. I find travel memories so inspirational and wanted to find a way to display the pictures of the places in my home, not store them away where I would forget them. I already have lots of photos in frames and didn’t want any more on the wall or cluttering surfaces.
There had to be a way to put the photos on show. I hit on the idea of using a large wall in my hall. I wanted to put the photos on a world map to show where the images had been taken. It is possible to get World map wallpaper, but then the photos would have to be attached to the wall. I considered designing hanging panels of the globe and somehow attaching the photos to them but that seemed pretty complex. Eventually, I came across a local reprographics and display company trough my work and we came up with a plan.
The map is 1.5 x 2m and magnetic. The photos are cheap digital prints held in place by magnets. Magnets also mark all the countries I have visited. The photos can be moved, replaced and refreshed after new trips and the map is always a talking point when I have visitors. I love my giant magnetic map!