When did you begin your research into topographic Maps?
It began in 1980 on the "Big Island" of Hawaii. I was interviewing an author who had written several books on natural healing techniques. At one point we began discussing interesting comparisons between anatomical parts of the human body and topographic maps.
What started you talking about this?
Driving down from the Mauna Loa Volcano, we stopped along the roadside.
The state of Hawaii set up a tourist information center which had an
abundance of details and graphics about the island of Hawaii
and its volcanoes. We found the most interesting was on a
large tabletop which had on top of it a paper and plastic
3D model of the
big island of Hawaii.
So Hawaii was the first topographic map you studied?
Yes, but only as a lark that day. We were both tired from the long
gazed at the 3D model of Hawaii, I found myself saying something
that even surprised me. I told her that after talking about anatomy
and surgery so long, even the shape of Hawaii looked like a
human heart beating in a chest cavity. She laughed and
said that only those interested in open heart surgery
could appreciate the absurdity of my humor.
Then later as we drove home, we began making silly jokes,
like "If Hawaii is the heart, then where is the liver and
where are the lungs and spleen? But it was just
humor and neither of us were serious.
but it did get me
What happened after that?
When I got home, I bought some map books and began looking at
the shapes of various land masses and continents. I began
cataloguing a notebook of various observed similarities.
None of them were very conclusive and probably not
much more valid than seeing images in clouds.
What were you hoping to do with the shapes you were cataloguing?
My interest at first was more as an artist. I was just learning to
I thought that maybe I could put together an interesting
combination of shapes that might develop into
a complete work of art..
During this time, were you looking for the shape of a face anywhere?
No. All of my tracings during the first few months were of smaller
areas. I never expected to see anything as spectacular as the
face on the Pacific Ocean Floor.
What happened the day you discovered the
face on the Pacific Ocean Floor?
It was a day not unlike any other day. I was beginning to prepare
As was my practice, I had various atlases and map books open
on my dining room table. I had just purchased the newest
Random House Encyclopedia. It included the most
current Rand McNally maps. I had it opened to
page 233 which was part of a two page
spread of the entire Pacific Ocean Floor.
Why were you looking at that particular page?
Near the center of this map is Hawaii. I wanted to see how it would
represented on an ocean floor map. As I walked past it several times,
I kept looking for various comparisons with other islands throughout
the Pacific and what they might look like. Then without warning,
saw the huge Face on the Pacific Ocean Floor.
You could have knocked me over with a feather.
What happened after that?
I couldn't believe my eyes. How could half of our planet be this
big weeping face?
It had to be just some incredible coincidence. But as the days and weeks
passed none of my arguments to disprove the reality of the big face
held up. It all became an amazing mystery.
How did you approach your work after that?
I compared a grid of the Pacific Ocean Floor with anatomical art
I compared Nasa images from space with topographic maps and I began
wondering why such a thing were possible. I eventually arrived at the
conclusion that it was one way that God might choose to
communicate with all of mankind.