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A man travelled around London for 16 years. This map shows everywhere he went

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James Manning

My Ghost – 2016, London by Jeremy Wood

In 2000, Jeremy Wood attached a GPS recorder to his body, switched it on and started tracking his every move. Earlier this year he finally took it off. This map, titled ‘My Ghost’, is the result: a mass of lines of the cartographer and artist’s path around and above London over the course of 16 years.

Wood’s journeys on the ground are marked in white, from the tangle of central London out to the faint line charting the route of the M25. The yellow lines track his travels in planes, with neat loops over Gatwick and Heathrow. It’s a spooky but beautiful portrait of a decade and a half living in the city. ‘My Ghost’ appears in the new exhibition at the British Library, which opens on Friday.

Find out more about the exhibition ‘Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line’.

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