Strong & Unstable II

  • New work from the Capricious Cartography series
  • Sculpture in the City launches on 30 June
  • Watch a London Live video – with a brief appearance from me

I hope you’ll be able to make it to see my latest work, A Worldwide Web of Somewheres, in Leadenhall Market until May 2019.

Photo © Nick Turpin
Marshall Islands Stick Chart. Couldn’t find an image of a fishing net-map. Perhaps I imagined it.


The work is partly inspired by Polynesian fishing nets.

By mapping wind and sea currents within their lines and nodes, these nets reveal an unseen natural infrastructure that conditions the course of journeys, and allowed their creators to navigate vast oceanic distances.

Similarly, my handwoven net charts infrastructure beneath the City of London: sewers, tube lines, telephone and broadband together forming a twisted fabric together representing infrastructure, superstructure and topography (the lie of the land).

London Hydraulic Power: A network of pressurised water transferring kinetic energy across the city until 1972

The work is suspended above our heads: recalling both an acrobat’s safety net, or a hunter’s trap.

Do systems entangle and constrain, or do they allow us to take risks – a chance on a high wire?

These net-maps are perhaps a good way to think about systems. Like this net, which is completely handwoven, all systems are human-made, and can be unmade. They’re fragile and need to be renewed or maintained; they can also be robust and persistent.

A mesh of shifting contingencies, both strong and unstable.

Watch a video about Sculpture in the City on London Live – I make an appearance at 1m10.

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A Worldwide Web of Somewheres

Practical Information

Leadenhall Market, London EC3V 1LT | Generally open 24/7 | Until May 2019

There are interpretation plinths at every artwork with a map showing other Sculpture in the City location; or pick up a booklet from the City information centre near St Paul’s.

The Launch event is 30 June and includes a variety of events for all ages.
Free tours, booking required. See the website for more.

Sculpture in the City Press Release
Sculpture in the City website