Along the banks of Denmark’s lake Klejtrup, exists an extraordinary man-made map of the world. It stretches for about 4000 sq. meter and is entirely made up of stones, soil and grass.
Another extraordinary fact about this map is that it took 25 years to get completed and is all made by a single person named, Soren Poulsen.
The creater got this idea in 1943, while he was working on the drainage for meadows surrounding the lake and discovered a stone whose shape resembles with the place known as Jutland. He decided to complete the entire map on his own in his spare time, using the basic tools and wheelbarrow to mold the structure of world. The project lasted for 25 years to make it perfect, until he died in 1969.
Soren used to work more often in winter season, as it was easier for him to push big stones out into the frozen lake, later letting it to get settled into the place in mud below.
The map measures for about 45m by 90m and was entirely built to scale – every 111 km degree latitude corresponding to 27cm on the map.
Indeed, what a creative invention. One can ship across Africa, hop over Europe, travel Asia, paddle across Pacific Ocean and then admire North America.
An easy effortless world tour!