TONY STEELE

Phi Landmaps  (2016)

 

golden [ ir ] ratio - nal relationships

mind wandering the landscape using the ancient circle steered by 'Phi'

 

Limited Edition of 9 for each piece

graphics on canvas

36ins x 36ins

landmap 1

landmap 2

landmap 3

landmap 4

landmap 2 landmap 4 landmap 3 landmap 1

landmap1 - Phi Landmaps

 

Landmap 1 is a 'blueprint' referencing Glastonbury, Avebury & Stonehenge

One of a series of 'content' driven pieces mapping and relating randomly scattered, popular ('resonant') elements in the local landscape.

 

My work usually involves bringing analytical strategies to bear upon random data.

The simple process of using a compass to relate two points on a map creates a vesica. That the two 'random' sites acquire symmetry stirred my interest.

 

I became fascinated by the circle's  data storage characteristics, especially by its quality of holding radius & diameter within the one stroke. A similar 'duality' can be expressed by a 'ratio' (e.g. doubling a value (ratio 2) expresses the original value through the ratio's reciprocal (half). If I present '2' - it embodies the 'doubled' 1 and the 'halved' 2. And what else is there to say about Phi - the most irrational & beautiful of numbers evading the brain's efforts at pinning it down.

 

My interest in the aesthetics of 'number' is due to my reading Buckminster Fuller.

My interest in the abstract landscape is due to my reading John Michell, who first popularised the notion of an east-west national axis - the 'St Michael Line'.

 

My intention is not to impart any hypothesis but to report data-rich symmetrical relationships upon the canvas. Using sites where the neolithic circle is prolific is purely poetic usage of my locale.

 

Since the land area I am dealing with is confined and my working substrate is flat I have used rhumbline ( loxodrome ) calculations for mapping.

 

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national axis