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Detroit 3D Printed Map


This sculpture is 5*4′

  • 60x48x3” (the Renaissance Centers stands out 3” from the wall)

3D-printed map of the Detroit skyline to 1:5000 scale

Every building height is created using accurate 3D map data

Architects 3D-modeled all of the tallest and most iconic buildings so they have more detail

The Detroit River is made of stained white oak veneer,  laser-cut to sub-millimeter precision and epoxied in place.

Every road/highway/train/footpath all raised to varying heights depending on traffic.

Famous Buildings: Michigan Central Train Depot, Fisher Building, McGregor Memorial Conference Center, Old Main, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum, Masonic Temple, Grand Army of the Republic Building, Book Tower, The Book Cadillac, TCF Center, Penobscot Building

Famous Stadiums: Ford Field, Little Caesars Arena, Comerica Park, Lexus Velodrome, Tiger Stadium, Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, Windsor Arena, Adie Knox Arena, Adie Knox Herman Pool,

Famous Parks: Belle Isle, William G. Milliken State Park, Palmer Park, Lafayette Greens, Eliza Howell Park, Beacon Park, Dequindre Cut, Campus Martius Park , Grand Circus Park ,

Famous Roads: Woodward Avenue, Gratiot Avenue, West Grand Boulevard, Grand River Avenue, Detroit RiverWalk, Monroe Street

The piece can be larger or smaller, between 84x48” down to 12x12”depending on which parts of the map you want to show. Please shoot me an email me at jd@jddennison.com to discuss.

This map of the skyline is made of a series of 10x10” custom-made 3D-printed digital sculptures. The material is a resin that resembles marble. Many people assume it’s hand-carved stone when they see it!

The 10-15 tallest and most famous buildings are modeled by a professional architect in 3D software so that they have more detail and are easily recognizable. The bulk of the data was gathered from OSM, an open-source 3D map of the world.

The water is represented by locally sourced white oak rift veneer that is stained blue with a distilled alcohol stain and laser-cut to within a fraction of a millimeter precision. Special cutting files are created using Blender that perfectly correspond to the city. Each tiny piece of wood is then epoxied onto the 3D-print.

Custom Commissions

Design Your Own Section Of City

Use the form below to contact me about designing a custom section of Chicago for your home or office. Everything from the locations, colors, and wood types are completely customizable.