3d Rapid Prototype of the Global Ocean

In concert with Paul Bourke (WASP, UWA) we have produced an accurate 3d model of the global ocean – based upon the dataset derived from GEBCO and the WSG 84 world geodetic system.

Here’s a couple of snapshots:

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It is remarkable to hold this in your hands (even if it’s a bit flakey and fragile) – as a way of inspecting the structure of the ocean it is most impressive and detailed. Naturally there are issues with this first rough draft – such as a missing Mediterranean – but that’s solvable in future iterations. The next question is what to cast it in – I can foresee steel or, more interestingly, transparent bluish acrylic.

As a sculptural artifact, this would seem quite marketable.

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