The Great Polish Map of Scotland

The story of General Stanislaw Maczek’s Great Polish Map of Scotland: ‘Set in the open air in the Peeblesshire landscape at Eddleston, General Maczek and his companions conceived The Great Polish Map of Scotland as a permanent three-dimensional reminder of Scotland’s hospitality to the Polish Forces. It was also a powerful symbol of their role in protecting Scotland from invasion in wartime and of the General’s instinctive appreciation of geography and landform. The coastline and relief of Scotland were laid out precisely in 1975 by Kazimierz Trafas, a young Polish student geographer-planner from the Jagiellonian University at Cracow, with a few of his Polish colleagues. With hard labour, the group created the map in just a few weeks. Engineering infrastructure was put in place to surround it with a sea of water and at the General’s request some of the main rivers were even arranged to flow from headwaters pumped into the mountains.’ Found via the Twentieth Century Society blog. More at Wikipedia, with a gallery from where the above image is taken. The map is in the grounds of Barony Castle, which is available for hire.

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