‘The Square: finding each other again in the paradise of free souls’


Collage: map pieces, graphite & gesso on canvas

h 120 x w 120 x d 5 cm, 2015

Framing: unframed, on canvas

This piece is a delicate labyrinth made up of 3 Ordnance Survey maps of the Bournemouth and the Purbecks area in southern England – OS Landranger 157: Bournemouth and the Purbecks 1974, 1991 and 2014.

The continuous pathway that snakes through the labyrinth, changing colour on certain turns and junction points, is made up of the roads marked on the maps. Echoes and vibrations ripple through the maze as place names are repeated in different typefaces, weights and colours and familiar roads widen or shrink depending on when they were printed.


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Over 3 decades

3 editions of the same map are woven together to create the square labyrinth, which is based on a traditional maze design dating from the 1800s. The walls marking the pathways are blue and are made up of strips of sea from the maps, whilst the pathways themselves are made up of ‘A’ roads and ‘B’ roads in the various colour codes that we are so familiar with from OS maps.

To the Isle of Purbeck

On this map, all the roads and pathways lead to Worth Matravers, a small village in the Isle of Purbeck with an infamous pub, The Square and Compass at its centre. It’s literally one of my favourite places on the planet, overlooking the fields that lead down to the sea, and always full of characters, stories, laughter, music and dogs. They serve an eclectic range of local ales and ciders from a single bar hatch, they only take cash, and food there is a simple choice of homemade veggie or meat pie/pasty, crisps or nuts… fantastic!


During the exhibition run in Nov-Dec 2015 at Lighthouse Gallery in Poole, we launched a competition to find a title for this piece. There were over 60 entries and finally two titles were chosen as they both add a new dimension to reading the piece. Read more here…

Sticks Launch

This piece was also selected as the front cover of the new arts magazine South Central which launched in March 2016 at Sticks Gallery in Fareham, Hampshire.

This piece and other artworks are also available to rent.

‘The Square: finding each other again in the paradise of free souls’ was last modified: July 28th, 2020 by oksoadmini

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Dimensions 200 × 200 × 5 cm


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