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.
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…
This piece and other artworks are also available to rent.