The Streets Do Flow
A series of print based works.
The Streets Do Flow is a collaboration with Laura Mansfield.
The work developed from documenting and recording the thoughts and perspectives of local Newcastle running club Wallsend Harriers, about their journeys through the city.
Using these recollections, an alternative map was constructed of Newcastle and its surrounding area, in which the runner’s local knowledge of the city as their training ground dictated all the routes, pathways and landmarks.
Alongside the map, which was designed and transformed into a billboard poster for the city centre, a series of text pieces edited from quotes made by the runners’, were placed over eight consecutive days in an advertisement space of a local newspaper, The Journal.
Both works were also exhibited as part of Hit the Ground, a group exhibition at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle. At the launch of the exhibition a folded ‘hand-map’, with an edited text of a single journey taken by a runner through the centre of Newcastle, printed on the back of A2 section of the billboard sheets, was distributed to the public. All three works were made in collaboration with designers Studio Dust.
Commissioned by The Great North Run Cultural Programme 2009.