Decommissioned Lifecycles: Cleaning (2021)

Limpet 500, Wave Power Station (2000-2012) Isle of Islay

The components required for renewable energy have their own finite, often short, life cycles. Limpet 500 was Europe’s first experimental wave chamber and the world’s first commercial wave power device, connecting to the UK national grid. It was designed by Wavegen and Queens University Belfast. Nine years after its decommissioning, the remaining concrete structure could be viewed as contemporary archaeology. On the Autumn equinox 2021, I cleaned in front of Limpet 500, using heather from the Mull of Oa. Produced as a double sided A5 card, edition of 100.


‘Decommissioned Lifecycles: Cleaning’ (2021)

The State of Education (2020)

From late July until 30 September 2020. I resolved to make a series of walks during Phase 3 of Scotland’s Route Map, to the remaining- by my calculations- 31 School Board of Glasgow schools across the city. The School Board of Glasgow built seventy-five schools over the period 1874-1916.  These buildings in 2020 fell into four different categories: those which were demolished; those currently vacant; those that have had change of use into community or business centres, Council-run social services, residential flats or museums; and those which have remained as schools.

See The State of Education, (2020)

From Eoropie to Europe Road (2016-)

‘From Eoropie to Europe Road’ is an ongoing series where I mark key milestones in the Brexit process, including those dates which failed to materialise. This ranges from visiting Eoropie Beach, Isle of Lewis on 29 March 2019, the first delayed date of the UK’s exit from the European Union; to a day trip to Europe Road, London, on ‘Brexit Day’, 31 January 2020, the day that the UK formally left the European Union. The visits offer pause, or actions, to consider key aspects of the Brexit process, at different points of the British Isles.

See Europe Road, 31st January 2020 London

See Prorogation of Parliament Announced 28th August 2019 Shetland

See ‘Measuring European Union subsidy in Scotland, after William Blake’s ‘Europe: A Prophecy’ (2019) Isle of Lewis

See lecture notes from ‘In or Out? How Britain Decided’, Professor John Curtice, The Stevenson Lectures in Citizenship, University of Glasgow 28.6.16.