This work is from the ongoing project to visit all 314 primary triangulation points built and measured between 1936 and 1962 by the Ordnance Survey for the Retriangulation of Great Britain. The working method uses the concrete pillar as the reference point and by placing the camera on top of the pillar a 360 degree panorama is produced of the topographical view.
The work will provide a comprehensive survey of the British landscape and deals with issues of mapping, representations of the landscape, the layering of history, land use, ownership and boundaries.
Even though the location of each pillar is well documented, there is still a heightened sense of exploration and anticipation based on the uncertainty of access, weather conditions and the disparity between “the real” and the “abstract” of the map view.
The majority of the pillars are no longer used in mapping, having been superseded by GPS, but have become totemic as markers in the landscape.