London Polygon

A book about London airspace

2006

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When an aircraft traverses any airspace, anywhere in the world, it never does so in a straight line. An aircraft navigates from one waypoint to another.

This project is a document of the waypoints within the Greater London Airspace, defined as an area starting the furthest North and moving clockwise: Stansted to London City, Gatwick to Heathrow and finally ending at Luton.

Each waypoint has no corresponding building, structure or even transmitter on the ground. It only exists as a five character name associated with longitude and latitude coordinates. It is a phantom.

Over a two-month period fifty-four waypoints were visited situated within London Polygon by biking through the streets of London using a GPS unit for direction taped to a bicycle.

The book contains photographs from each of these waypoints, positioned on the page as they relate to their associated airport, and starting the furthest North.

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London Polygon, 30×30cm, hardcover, 54 plates.
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Index page with the 54 waypoints and their location within the Polygon, the area shaped between the five London airports.
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Each photograph is rotated according to the orientation it has to the airport it relates to.
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Waypoint D082S, 189º to London City Airport
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