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Beneath our feet

By Ruth Slavid
Brixton Hill is a fairly nondescript street in south London, forming part of the London to Brighton
road. It actually has a considerable history as it follows the line of a Roman road. And of course, like every major road, it has been dug up numerous times and has all sorts of things going on beneath the surface.

Most of us just don’t think about these things as we walk or drive or cycle to a destination, but one person who has considered it is Becky Brewis. Becky’s name may be familiar to readers, since she worked for the Landscape Institute until the end of last summer, when she left to pursue her studies in drawing.

You can find more of her work on her website, www.shipsbiscuit.wordpress.com (a brewis is apparently a kind of ship’s biscuit). This drawing is not like any that a landscape architect would produce in the course of a job, but its combination of archaeological enquiry and carefully judged whimsy shows how interesting it can be to think about landscape vertically rather than horizontally, and to think of the people who used it as well as the geology, both natural and manmade.

This is both a cross-section and cross-disciplinary – an intriguing delight.

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