Planisphere Palindrome (Geo-Tao)

Escher Projection

This is a map that takes some time to get your head around; quite literally, because to appreciate it fully, you need to consider it both with its north side and its south side up...

And what do you know? There is no right side up -- or rather: there is no wrong side up. For this is a planisphere palindrome, a planet-chart that can be 'read' the same way 'upside up' and upside down. This is very strange. The size and distribution of the world's continents and oceans is random, the result of millions of years of continental drift. That process is still ongoing: the way the world looks like on our maps is but a snapshot, even if it feels like an eternity from our human perspective.

It would seem impossible to find a pattern with global consistency in that random jumble of land masses and water bodies. A map showing the overlap of antipodean dry lands doesn't seem to indicate any, at least. But the Italian artist Giacomo Faiella did find such a pattern. 

taken from "strange maps"  Frank Jacobs

Downside up

Upside down

Examples of Corresponding Points:

Australia = Mediterranean sea, Africa = Pacific Ocean, Asia = Indian Ocean, America = Atlantic Ocean, Antarctica = Arctic Ocean. India = Bay of Bengal, Indochina = Arabian Sea, Sumatra = Caspian Sea, Borneo = Black Sea, Philippines = Red Sea, New Zealand = Baltic and North Sea, Japan = African Great Lakes, Madagascar = Sea of Okhotsk, Tasmania = Adriatic Sea, Kamchatka = Mozambique Channel,

Sri Lanka = Ganges Delta, Antille = Amazon River, ...


Two Focus or Fixed Points: One in India and the other in Venezuela

Planisphere Palindrome etching  limited edition

Morph World

Matheron-Serra Projection

Examples of Twinned Areas:

Australia = Greenland, Africa = South America, Europe = Central America, Asia = North America.

Madagascar = Peninsula Antarctica, New Zealand = United Kingdom, Tasmania = Iceland, Fenno-Scandinavia = Baja California Peninsula, Turkey = Florida, Italy = Yucatan Peninsula, Greece = Mississipi River Delta, Borneo = Baffin Island, New Guinea = Ellesmere Island, Japan = Victoria + Banks Islands, Philippines = Sverdrup Islands, Sumatra = Newfoundland, Sicily + Sardinia + Corsica = Cuba + Hispaniola + Jamaica, Strait of Gibraltar = Panama Canal ....

There are a few curiosities (when you rotate the "hemisphere") like 1) Washington DC can be found in Iran! 2) In this map the term "american-indians" would be justified...rather than an explorer's mistake :) 3) "Afro-americans" could be the africans living in Brazil...rather than in the US 4)...


Julia-Mandelbrot Projection


Zoom-in (eg 1) South Asia

Zoom-in (eg 2) Europe

Zoom-in (eg 3) {static} Eng-world

PangaeaHedron - the Dimensional Drift

From the Proto-Globe (total land) to the present,  flatten disposition of continents with oceans, seas, principal rivers and mountains. A new Pataphysical theory that explain the continental drift following the dynamic of a sphere open on a surphase. We live on a flat-map-land and is the time for the earth to comeback to a solid status (for example the Africa push to close the mediterranian gap)