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A Map of the World, Drawn With Just One Line

Shaunacy Ferro

National borders are political features, not geographic ones. These borders, however arbitrary, divide people—Hawaii, 2500 miles from California, is part of the United States, while Tijuana, 20 miles from San Diego, requires a trip through customs.

Joseph Berkner, a geoinformation science student at a Berlin university, wanted to create a map that highlighted the interconnectedness of the world, regardless of political borders. And so he designed a map that is drawn with just one line. Created in response to Europe’s current refugee crisis and other world events driven by the divides in religion, nationality, and other demographic characteristics, it highlights the links between neighboring countries and cities, stretching across land and ocean.

He writes on his site:

In mapping, lines are (mostly) used as borders to divide the space in sections: borders between land and water, borders between different altitudes or borders between nations. As a person who loves to make maps, for the last weeks I was thinking about what I can do to draw a line to CONNECT instead of DIVIDE. So I created a world map consisting of a single line.

You can buy it here in several different forms, including in a shower curtain or a duvet cover. Prices start at $89.

[h/t: CityLab]

All images via Geolic