The Map of Verly was a plan to redraw and modernize the street layout of Antwerp and was composed by the French architect François Verly in 1803, during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte. This unique document was on display during the exhibition "Bonaparte at the Scheldt" (Bonaparte aan de Schelde) in the MAS museum in Antwerp.
The interactive installation that we built to accompany this map allows visitors to wander around through the streets of Antwerp in the time of Napoleon and compare the city with the Map of Verly and the map of Antwerp today. A simple interface allows you to seamlessly travel through the different maps.
By moving your finger around on a smaller map you can inspect every little detail of the amazing historical maps on the big screen. Certain areas on the map reveal extra information when you visit them.
The two historical maps used in this installation are both hand drawn. To show visitors every little detail of these amazing works of art, we created custom software that can display very large images and animate them smoothly. The software was tested with image sizes up to 20.000 by 15.000 pixels. (That's 300.000.000 pixels!)
The touch interface used to navigate the maps is made out of a beatifully designed printed map backlit by an iPad to show you where you are and what time you are looking at in an intuitive way.
Designed and developed by indianen.
In collaboration with Unfold and Lien Wauters
Camera: Kristof Vrancken