Madania Publications Project.
Maps of Medina, Saudi Arabia
June 2014 - June 2015
At Fox River Rendering, our favorite projects are always those that incorporate 3D visualization with a little bit of history and culture. The project with Madania Publications created a booklet of maps designed to help English-speaking pilgrims navigate through the landmarks and holy sites in Medina and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. In the climate of current events, it was an especially relevant and eye-opening experience to research and model the mosques, graves and landmarks associated with the area. If you've ever
Easily one of the biggest and most detailed models we've ever undertaken, Masjid Nabawi is one of the largest mosques in the world and the second-holiest site in Islam.
The original structure was built by the Prophet Mohammed himself in 622 AD and was only around 100 ft. x 115 ft. in area. Today, after centuries of additions, destructions, and subsequent renovations, the mosque is now 1.7 million sq. ft.
Researching the layout of the mosque was like peeling back layers of history. The most fascinating part of the structure, and the trickiest to visualize, was the part of the building that extrudes towards "Qibla" (the direction of Mecca.) We created a 3D cut-away to better illustrate the intricacies. Since Masjid Nabawi has been one of the central locations of the Muslim faith for over a millenium, many of the landmarks within this small portion of the mosque overlap each other. Among them are the tombs of Mohammed and other prophets, pulpits, praying niches and the sites of ancient dwellings.
Modeling the beautiful and intricate architecture of Masjid Nabawi was a rewarding experience. Sending the final product out to be used by pilgrims all over the world is exactly what Fox River Rendering strives to do every day.