We started by researching the canyon itself, looking at topographical maps and the layout of the river and how it shaped the canyon. We explored with different sections, dividing the landscape into a grid. After consideration of the story we wanted to tell we selected the bend in the river and the surrounding structures.
We placed the map into Adobe Illustrator and began penning the sections of the map we wanted to raise. We knew that we wanted to show the vast height of the canyon and include details, but at the same time we had to set a limit. We also created a grid that would sit underneath the map that would direct the vertical dowel movement.