The map of the five Nordic countries:
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, was completed
in summer 2011.
This beautiful work of art is 75 feet in diameter
and executed in different colored granite tiles with a background of Norwegian
Blue Pearl Granite. The shimmering blue-black granite, (representing the
Scandinavia) , creates a dramatic vision and a
most unique structure for the park.
The map plaza with its position at the
entrance to the park is a reception and disembarkation area for visitors. This
actual map representation of the Scandinavian countries also serves as an
educational tool for visitors to the park. Integrated into the map plaza is a
bronze compass and eight strategically positioned observation/rest benches of
Granite was selected for this project for its long-term
durability and is second only to diamonds in its hardness.
The bronze compass inset into the granite also serves as the
nameplace for this monumental map of
Scandinavia . The
names of the countries and their capital cities are also on bronze plaques which
are inset on the map at the capitals' locations.
Along with the other structures in the park, it serves to
commemorate and honor the Scandinavian immigrants, who left their homes across
the ocean and endured many hardships to establish their new homes in
North America . Their contributions to life in the
New World have been very many.