Phi Landmaps  (2016)


golden [ ir ] ratio - nal relationships

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



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.


My attention was drawn to:-

the circle as 'line', map reduced to line,

the circle's  data storage characteristics,

how the circle is prevalent in the neolithic landscape,

the function of the circle in arriving at the Golden Ratio,

how the Lucas numbers are a direct expression of the Golden Ratio.


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. The blueprint format is an accepted method of expressing line & text, which satisfied my need to convey / package the data as personal mental construct.


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