The exquisite design and elegant cartography of the magnificent Columbus Imperial Illuminated Floor Globe 40 Inch are second to none. This magnificent work of art impresses not only with its colossal stature but also with its handsome style. The mighty Imperial globe features a globe that is 40 inches in diameter and encased by a brass meridian with latitudinal degree markings. The meridian is gimbal-mounted to the cradle, meaning the sphere can be rotated vertically so that all parts of the map are easily visible. The world globe can also rotate horizontally.
The cradle and base are made from a sturdy and smooth American walnut wood. Four curved legs and arms hold a horizontal circle which surrounds the globe. On top of the wood are inlaid designations of North, South, East and West. This design of the base combines the timelessness of a wooden traditional design with a contemporary streak seen in its sleekly curved lines. Together, the entire floor globe stands 55 inches tall.
This dazzling world globe features Columbus' one of a kind Imperial map. The old fashioned map recalls the hand-drawn maps of yesteryear while containing contemporary, up to date geography. The beige hue of the landmasses is complemented by the bluish glow of the oceans. In addition to the abundance of place names, this floor globe also contains images of famous sailboats and mythic sea creatures in the style of hand-drawn parchment maps of the past. Despite the classic sensibility of the cartography, you can expect the accurate, detailed and abundant modern geography that Columbus is known for.
The gorgeous map was hand applied to the sphere by skilled artisans in individual strips, which are called gores. This intensive process is incredibly labor intensive and requires extensive training to do it with precision. Columbus' artisans are the absolute best in the business, and their years of experience shows in this stunning masterwork. There is no other world globe on the market that makes such a bold impression while retaining tasteful artistry as the Columbus Imperial Illuminated Floor Globe 40 Inch.