“It may well be that these vast concrete intersections are the most important monuments of our urban civilisation, the twentieth century’s equivalent of the pyramids.”
Every day tens of thousands of cars pass over the junction. Seen from the air, the numerous carriageways interlace within one another, like a heart pumping out vehicles in all directions. At night, a walk underneath completely changes our perspective of the junction, drawing one into a dark and noisy underworld. Countless journeys take place all around as the traffic moves relentlessly along out of view. Designed to set traffic free to the farthest reaches of the country, the junction unites motorways making them into one single entity where confusion, delay and freedom are all part of the landscape. In an environment designed purely for the motorcar, walking can seem like a forbidden activity.
For the MAP6 Home project, I visited my native city of Birmingham in the midlands. Over the course of 7 days, I set out on a series of night walks, exploring the vast network of motorways in close proximity to where I grew up.