I want to walk a distance of 50 km. So I started to draw a circle on the map with a 50km radius. At first I just imagined walking to an attractive place, so I plotted the walk using a walking nav app. Immediately I realized there was quite a gap between the 50km circle and the 50km walk. Intrigued I plotted as many places as needed to get an idea of how far or close a 50km walk would bring me from my home. The max distance would be 5km short of the 50km circle, not bad at all (Nieuwegein) The least far(!) walk is Middelharnis, just about 25km as the crow flies and still 50km walking distance.
So Middelharnis will be the same effort as Nieuwegein but only about half the distance. My choice is clear, I want the walk to be as efficient as possible, so Nieuwegein it is :-/
I was in Altenburg for the IPIHAN#8 exhibition opening, I went there on foot and came a few days earlier than expected. So I asked if I could make a circle, luckily they gave me the best spot there was.
The place is an abandoned warehouse and factory with two coupled courtyards completely overgrown. My spot was on the central courtyard on the crossing of several “use-trails” (olifantenpad in Dutch). This crossing of natural paths was already in use for a makeshift barbecue and was prone to become the village square.
My intervention was to remove all vegetation and roots so to recover the pavement as it was way back when the building was in use. By doing this meticulously the place becomes like an archeological finding and because it is a perfect circle it is very intense and present. You can not not notice it. At first sight it is not clear to everybody that what you see is the recovered original pavement, because of the perfect geometry it also looks very artificial, like you would copy-paste a circle of pavement texture in photoshop into an image of wild nature.
The size of the circle was defined by the surrounding trees and ferns and was shy of 5 meter diameter, the size of the circle is defining its type of social gathering place. make it smaller (like last year in Zeits) and it becomes a much more intimate place for only one small group, make it twice as big and it will be a public square without cohesion between groups of people. Every size has its own social mechanics.
Funny thing is that only small children would stand right in the middle, otherwise that spot would stay empty or one would put a table there. The night before the opening we where about 16 persons and we would snugly fit sitting in a full circle, The busy night of the opening the circle was populated by several small groups but never one big one, often three or four smaller circles of people filled up the space leaving some room for passers by. The day of the exhibition the circle was used for public announcements, one would stand right in the middle to gather a group of people for guided tours of the exhibition, the size of the circle defining the size of the groups.
I made a super small circle the size of an oil drum in the second courtyard and uncovered a completely different pavement, this circle was not really meant to be seen or used as it was sitting outside of the main walking routes. Because of its size and the perfect black speckled white granite this circle looked much more photoshopped than the big one. The small size makes it fit for only one person, because it was evoking being placed under the spotlight only certain persons would stand into the circle, most others would stand around it on the vegetation, something that never happened with the big circle, the vegetation was a no go there.
Idea for the winter: Walking in Circles and having a gps-track as a visual result.
It is like walking like a goat attached to a rope to a pole in a complexly shaped garden but then without a goat, pole, rope or garden.You know in movies when one says: “Secure the Perimeter” or “Establish a perimeter of lalala meter”, well I get this image in my mind, the image of an exact perimeter of that size.
So that is exactly what I am going to do, I will setup a perimeter of a fixed size starting at a certain point in a certain place by walking around it clockwise by skirting obstacles on my left hand.
I am curious about the shape of the line and what it says about the place I walked the circle. I can assume a circle in Paris will be different from one in New York. Will the place be easily recognizable?
I realized that the reverse perimeter is interesting too, it is the shape restraining order 🙂 I can’t come closet than 300 yard… This is also a sentence we use without seeing the consequences, well let me draw you a picture:
P.S.: Idea copied from Jeroen Jongeleen’s Running a circle clockwise except I will not be running, nothing will be visible in situ and mine is bigger.
P.S.: I will probably walk the perimeter of a circle with an initial surface of 1 square kilometer thus with a ø of 1.12837916709551 kilometer. Thereafter I will calculate resulting surface.
One day I will be a 1m² Circle. Shells and stones will be separated.
sodium metasilicate (waterglas)
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