CORE SAMPLE PROJECT
An ongoing Art, Geology and Community project focusing on the geology of London and seen through the interaction with our everyday experiences. Projects have included the area of Elephant and Castle, the Rockingham Anomaly, London’s building sites, the Thames Tideway Shaft excavations, the fluvial deposits from the River Thames and the clay and chalk of the London Basin. Layers in the artworks are placed using collected sediments from deep below London made into earth pigments and used on paper or canvas, or placed directly onto the floor. Tower blocks and buildings have been made from the various layers of geological strata, and temporary exposures and demolitions on a building site are captured on film. London’s strata is also glimpsed through research and collaboration with the London Geodiversity Partnership.
The human layer is also seen in the collaboration with the public to collect drawn and written everyday ‘Thought Fragments’. A book accompanied the Elephant and Castle project ‘Core Sample’ and previous projects have included exhibitions exploring the texture of a material, an experience, and the layering of human concepts of mapping and planning. A write up by Diana Clements on the Core Sample project and the drill into the Rockingham Anomaly has been published in the Geologists Association Magazine. A recently write up on the exhibition in the Climate Hub in Wandsworth, which displayed samples collected from Thames Tideway’s Kirtling Street shaft site can also be seen here: EVENTS & NEWS