The Sunbury Dice Game: A Random Walk in the Sunbury Walled Garden

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A Random Walk in the Sunbury Walled Garden

Published April 2015
ISBN 978-1-910578-10-0
A3 fold out map
Author – Alban Low and Harvey Wells
SLB0018

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A random walk is a mathematical formalization of a path that consists of a succession of random steps. For example, the path traced by a molecule as it travels in a liquid or a gas, the search path of a foraging animal, the price of a fluctuating stock and the financial status of a gambler can all be modeled as random walks. The term random walk was first introduced by Karl Pearson in 1905 but random walks have been used in many fields: ecology, economics, psychology, computer science, physics, chemistry, and biology.

50%_Sunbury_dice_game_inner_2 copyThe definition of a random walk is dominated by a formula not by the act of walking, it exists mostly in the head not on a page let alone along a road. Alban Low and Harvey Wells give you the chance to put the random walk back on the map!

This map was inspired by The Dice Man novel published in 1971 by George Cockcroft under the pen name Luke Rhinehart. The book was based on Cockcroft’s own experiences of using dice to make decisions while studying psychology, the effect of this book and system used is one of subversivity and anti-psychiatry. The Sunbury Dice Walk is more of a repetitive adventure where the route becomes a maze. Alban and Harvey walked through the Sunbury Walled Garden armed just with a 6 sided dice to decide their route, their journey took 25 minutes in duration and 1km in length. In theory it could take you as little as 6 rolls of the dice to escape the Walled Garden or you could be stuck in there for infinity.

Harvey Wells and Alban Low have been walking and exhibiting together for 5 years. They have created art walks in London (SMartwalks), Chorlton (Chorlton Arts Festival), Cambridge (Art:Language:Location), Bath (Fringe Arts Bath) and Exeter (NOSE Festival). They featured in the AirSpace gallery’s Walking Encyclopaedia in 2014. They have already created and published one map, the Cambridge Blue Plaque Walk (ISBN: 978-0953471287).

To see more of Alban’s work visit his website at…
http://albanlow.com/

This map was first exhibited at the ‘On the map’ exhibition at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury-on-Thames in 2015.

 

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Sunbury Park: A Map and Nature Trail

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A Map and Nature Trail

Published April 2015
ISBN 978-1-910578-05-6
A3 fold out map
Author – Phillip Cribb
Illustrator – Alban Low
SLB0013

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“Sunbury Park is rich in wildlife – trees, shrubs, herbs, birds, animals and insects. This map can be used as a nature trail and concentrates on the fine trees of the park.”
Phillip Cribb, 18th February 2015.

Phillip Cribb went to school at Gunnersbury in Chiswick and was further educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Birmingham. He is a co-founder and the current president of the Spelthorne Natural History Society which is approaching its 40th anniversary in 2016.

amazon_Sunbury_Park_map_4Since 1974 he has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. He retired from the staff as deputy keeper of Kew’s world-renowned Herbarium in 2006 and is now an honorary research fellow there. He has specialised at Kew in researching the systematics and evolution of orchids, one of the largest families of flowering plants, an occupation that has taken him around the world on many botanical expeditions. He was chair of IUCN’s Orchid Specialist Group and is a trustee of Orchid Conservation International, both organisations concerned with protecting the world’s wild orchids. For many years, he was also a trustee of the Gilbert White and Oates Museum at Selborne. Phillip has lived in the area since 1956 and in Sunbury since 1972 and has taken a long-term interest in the borough’s wildlife.

This map was first exhibited at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery in April 2015. http://www.sunburyembroidery.co.uk Thank you to everyone at the gallery and Spelthorne Borough Council for your encouragement and support