Who Saw the Deep

Click the map below to access a live interactive Google data map I have built of the surface geology of London and its hinterlands. The 10 x 10 mile area stretches from the location of the Central St Martins degree show, Kings Cross, to the terminus of the Central Line, Epping; from the garden centres and golf courses of Crews Hill to the side of the A13 in Dagenham. In nine spots geometrically spaced around this square, I have dug up earth. I have used digital fabrication processes to impose a digital map of the surface geology onto each of the earth samples (see photo below), shown at Central St Martins 22-27 May. 

Click on each of the nine corners and intersection points to see more information on the surface geology of each location and photos (which I have also included below). In each of the nine locations I have collected earth, I have partially buried ceramic tablets. Each of these clay tablet has had data digitally carved onto it, a bit like a modern day cuneiform tablet. What will our civilisation's material record be when it is dug up in 5000 years time? Anything to rival what the Babylonian's left us?

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 Bounds Green (Credit: Hannah Scott)

Bounds Green (Credit: Hannah Scott)

 Crews Hill (Credit: Hannah Scott)

Crews Hill (Credit: Hannah Scott)

 Dagenham (Credit: Tom Wells)

Dagenham (Credit: Tom Wells)

 Kings Cross (Credit: Hannah Scott)

Kings Cross (Credit: Hannah Scott)

 Stratford (Credit: Tom Wells)

Stratford (Credit: Tom Wells)

 Epping (Credit: Bob Bennett)

Epping (Credit: Bob Bennett)

 Hainault (Credit: Tom Wells)

Hainault (Credit: Tom Wells)

 Highams Park (Credit: Bob Bennett)

Highams Park (Credit: Bob Bennett)

 Waltham Abbey (Credit: Bob Bennett)

Waltham Abbey (Credit: Bob Bennett)

 Ceramic tablet, Kings Cross

Ceramic tablet, Kings Cross

 Ceramic tablet, Stratford

Ceramic tablet, Stratford

 Ceramic tablet, Bounds Green

Ceramic tablet, Bounds Green