Monday, 1 October 2007

A Cartography Of Distance

A map of the combined distance traveled by us, in order to meet in Banff. A distance experienced through duration and relocation, quantified through its cartographic reconstruction in rope.


Glyn Brewerton said...

Hello both,

Hope it's going well. It's looking pretty mad, it kind of makes me think, particularly if the wiring is anything like our house, thats what the underneath of a house wall looks like. The studio looks great, will be interesting to see how you'll monopolise the floor space, I like the little nooks and crannies.

The photo's are nice and it's good to see the work in progress , looking forward to seeing the circuits grow -they do look like mountains and contours.
Would love to be there drawing.Looks amazing, more walk photos.I'm going to make a concerted effort to drive up to Glen Coe in Scotland to draw in the next fews weeks I hope. In sorrel's absence I've been doing a bit of research on Glen Coe and the surrounding area and hope to walk draw around some very historical sites. Is there anything connected to historical events in around Banff? What are you going to do with all the rope when you finish?

Love Glyn

Sorrel and Laura said...

hi glyn
glad the ropes intrigue you. we are pleased with the progress and the first peaks will be constructed tomorrow! we have started our walks again although still on the Marsh loop we have decided we needed to gather more material from each walk so down from 5 to zero but over the weekend we have managed to build it up again so now we have 6 loops completed we are making good head way. now it is interesting you ask about the historical events in Banff as we have just found out that the cave and basin area which is where the marsh loop is, was a winter encampment for prisoners during the first world war! they were put to work on construction for the national parks,fed and clothed poorly and asked to do huge manual labour, there were pictures of them huddled round a camp fire, the description said it was minus 20 degrees.
They were mostly prisoners of war or people who had immigrated but were from contries in europe then considered a threat (eg. ukrainian)and these people were suddenly considered a threat too. it is interesting to look at a landscape and see how it has been experienced by different people at different times, although by the first world war this was already a prime holiday location, its identity is all based on tourism and the hot springs which flow down sulphur mountain and into the cave and basin (where they were discovered by railway workers looking for gold), and then on to the marsh. there is a fault line running straight through the valley across our walk.
so while in the summer people bathed in the cave and basin hot pools for their healthy healing qualities, others spent the cold winter months in the same area as prisoners!
sorry quite a ramble perhaps should have prepared this more, oh well sorry for any spelling mistakes, hope that answers some of your questions. I know you would love to be here drawing, i keep seeing views that i can imagine you diving into with your charcoal and pencils, particularly when the clouds come down low and appear to have swallowed the mountains
lots of love

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful pictures. Like snakes hugging the walls.