From London Bridge (Arizona) to Sheerness (Canada)
September 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
British artist Layla Curtis has created an alternative map of the Thames. Section 1: From London Bridge, Arizona to Salt Island, British Virgin Islands.
This ten-part collage, which is constructed by cutting and pasting locations from existing international maps and re-constructing them to form the familiar outline of the Thames, is available as a free download for the duration of the festival.
Focusing on researching the etymology of place names along the river’s shores and tracing their global namesakes, she has created an artwork that presents new geographical fictions as well as reflecting the history and far-reaching influence of the Thames.
Many historic voyages of discovery have set sail from the Thames including Martin Frobisher’s 1576 search for the Northwest Passage. This part of the river was also the main departure point for the English colonisation of North America and the West Indies – many of the key protagonists, destinations, ships, and trade resulting from these voyages are represented by places bearing their names.
>> Exhibited Sunday 18 August – Sunday 15 September on boards on the riverside walkways by The London Studios west of Gabriel’s Wharf, in front of Tate Modern and by Tower Bridge, in London.