I have come across some of these funky maps before – where the countries and continents of the world have been arranged to represent different animals – but this is a new version for me.
It shows the countries of the world in the shape of a Polar Bear, and has been drawn by Kentaro Nagai for a Russian advertising agency working with WWF. Nice lesson starter for climate change lessons?
I have since discovered that Kentaro Nagai is a Japanese graphic designer who operates his own artistic form of continental drift to rework the continents into animal shapes. Perhaps his best known illustrations formed his 2007 project entitled “The Twelve Animals.” that represent the Japanese Zodiac – rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and boar.
Nagai actually named his project “Piece Together For One Peace” meaning that “peace” can be created by putting together “pieces” like a puzzle.
Some of the 12 animals are shown below, but you might want to check them all out at: