Olympic Site Circumambulation

Douglas Scholes

Olympic Site Circumambulation

‘Tourism is sin, and travel on foot a virtue’, the seventh point of the twelve point charter Minnesota Declaration by Werner Herzog.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Beginning: 9:30 am on the concourse outside the Stratford Tube Station
End: 7:00 pm on the concourse outside at the Stratford Tube Station
Special thanks to Nicole Mauloni,  Sasha Litvintseva and the General Public for taking photos.
I walked around the grounds of the XXX Olympiade in London’s east end, as close to the security fence as allowable, gathering rubbish and litter and disposing them in dust and rubbish bins along the way.  As a sign of my activity and to mark the site (the route) I deposited 24 hollow amphorae cast in beeswax.  The amphorae were left for anyone to see, pick up, take home or ignore.   I started and ended the walk on the concourse outside the Stratford Tube Station.  I began at 9:30 am and ended where I started at 7:00 pm.
Embossed on the beeswax amphorae is my web site www.dougscholes.ca.  I have had one person contact me as a result of finding an amphora and seeing the address.
At the beginning of the walk in the Westfield Mall, I asked people from the General Public to take pictures using my camera.  With only a few exceptions, all complied willingly, at times directing me.
All photos were taken on an iPhone 4s because of its portability and disposability.  Like so much of the rubbish I collected, the iPhone is ultimately disposable as it is not designed to be modified or repaired, rather put aside in favour of a newer version.

 The following 77 images recreate a chronological account of the Olympic Site Circumambulation.

77 – On the steps beside the Stratford Tube Station concourse leading toward the Westfield Mall. Photo – DS
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76 – Shadow of a Rubbish Picker. Photo – DS
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75 – Depositing a beeswax amphora. Photo – General Public
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74 – Amphora. Photo – DS
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73 – Walking into the Westfield Mall across the pedestrian bridge. Photo – General Public
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72 – Picking up litter. Photo – General Public
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71 – Inside the Westfield Mall. Photo – General Public
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70 – Outside Westfield Mall, near the Stratford Mall. Photo – DS
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69 – Shadow of a Rubbish Picker. Photo – DS
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68 – Halal restaurant view. Photo – General Public
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67 – Photo – General Public
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66 – Photo – General Public
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65 – Shadow of a deposit. Photo – DS
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64 – Missed it, or don’t care. Photo – DS
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63 – Found it! Photo – DS
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62 – Collecting along a narrow walkway. Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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61 – Outdoor strip mall rotunda: deposit. Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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60 – Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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59 – Curiousity. Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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58 – Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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57 – Bus Shelter. Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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56 – Roundabout. Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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55 – Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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54 – Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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53 – Planting an amphora. Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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52 – Planted amphora in the middle of a traffic roundabout. Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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51 – Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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50 – Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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49 – Directions. Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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48 – Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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47 – Olympic podium moment. Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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46 – Inside the Rubbish Picker’s box. Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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45 – Beside the Rubbish Picker’s box. Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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44 – Walking the North side of the Olympic site. Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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43 – Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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42 – Helicopter surveillance was omnipresent. Photo – Nicole Mauloni
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41 – Photo – DS
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40 – Photo – DS
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39 – Photo – DS
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38 – Deposit just outside the SPACE’s White Building. Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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37 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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36 – Draining cans of their Coke. Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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35 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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34 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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33 – Private security, who gave more hassles than the police. Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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32 – Interest and questions about my project. Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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31 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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30 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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29 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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28 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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27 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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26 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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25 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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24 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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23 – Rubbish deposit. Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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22 – Blue Wall. Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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21 – Conversation. Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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20 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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19 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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18 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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17 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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16 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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15 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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14 – Another deposit in another rubbish bin. Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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13 – Conversation. Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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12 – Blondin Street deposit. Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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11 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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10 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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09 – Conversation. Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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08 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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07 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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06 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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05 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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04 – Yellow Wall. Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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03 – Final deposit at the stairs leading to the Stratford Tube Station concourse and the Westfield Mall.
Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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02 – Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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01 – Finale. Photo – Sasha Litvintseva
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6 Responses to Olympic Site Circumambulation

  1. David Munns says:

    Hi,
    I made a mad dash down Eastway last Saturday with family in tow, hoping to catch the torch. Unfortunately we were too late. My four year picked up one of your amphorae and said “look daddy the Piston cup”. I recognised it as a complete example of something I’d noticed earlier. I’ve kept it intact and hope to see more of your work in the near future.
    Best wishes,
    David Munns

    • tcot says:

      Hello David,
      Great to hear you found one of my site markers. It is yours to keep, of course, and I suggest that you keep it in a moderately warm area and not in direct sunlight as the more daylight the more the yellowness will fade. Enjoy it. More projects to come.
      Best,
      Douglas

  2. Salut Douglas,
    Comment vas-tu?Je viens de découvre ton nouveau projet, c’est vraiment génial !! Ces bouteilles sont comme ces à Aubepierre de Chaumont également fabriquées en cire d’abeille? le sujet (que tu travailles depuis “toujours”) est très intéressant!!
    J’espère que nous ayons encore une occasion travailler ensemble!! *???*
    Bonne journée!!
    A bientôt j’espère?
    Hsin-I
    (http://www.hsin.paralogie.com)

    • douglas says:

      Bonjour Hsin-I,
      Comment vas-tu?! La cire d’abeille toujours fait partie de mon travail. Merci pour les mots encourageants. Un jour, pas loin j’espère nous allons travailler ensemble.
      À la prochaine!
      Douglas

  3. Hey Doug,

    Interesting project! Love the amphorae. I was shocked to see all the rubbish, but I suppose I’d be kidding myself if I thought my city was any cleaner. Keep up the great work!

    Pat

    • douglas says:

      Hey Pat,
      Rubbish is everywhere, some places more than others. Your city, my city, it lurks in not so out of the way places.
      Thanks for your thoughts.

      Doug

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