Topographical Relief Map is an unusual piece of sculpture because you are encouraged to touch it. Designed with a visually-impaired audience in mind, this 3D map of the city gives a bird’s eye view of Glasgow city centre, with the opportunity to explore the city’s streets using your hands.
Both braille and the Latin alphabet are used for street names and the base of piece is specifically designed with wheelchair users in mind.
The city’s landmarks are simplified in form, with the space of the River Clyde hollowed out. This design feature allows the river to fill up with rainwater, adding another sensory depth to the work.
This work sits at a busy junction at Buchanan Street and St Vincent Street and has become a well-known landmark in the city. It was commissioned to celebrate the city’s status as the European City of Culture in 1990.
There is another 3D map by Chambers in Glasgow. It is located in the West End at the south entrance of Kelvingrove Museum.