From Pillar to Post

This on site project involved taking photos in and around the Manchester Metropolitan University Car Park which is situated under the Mancunian Way, a motorway flyover.

The project developed in stages:

1) Taking the photographs.

2) Fly-postering the printed A3 photos onto the pillars of the Macunian Way within the Car Park.

3) Taking photographs of the original photographs in situ.

I was interested to engage with this space as it is a piece of modernist design from which it is possible to see mainly modernist buildings. Yet being a constricted space it was a challenge to frame the initial images. Can this space – generally regarded as somewhat ugly – become a site for an art exhibition? Is fly-postering a good way of sharing art? How does the intervention affect the space?

Not sure about the scale of these. Perhaps either  smaller images or really giant ones would be better. But I think the close-up photos of the photos on the pillars are effective – the mottled and dirty concrete providing a background for the images.

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Text for one of the posters:

Pillar \Pil”lar\, n. [OE. pilerF. pilier, LL. pilare, pilarium,

pilarius, fr. L. pila a pillar. See Pile a heap.]

1. The general and popular term for a firm, upright,

insulated support for a superstructure; a pier, column, or

post; also, a column or shaft not supporting a

superstructure, as one erected for a monument or an


Jacob set a pillar upon her grave.    –Gen. xxxv.


The place . . . vast and proud, Supported by a

hundred pillars stood.                –Dryden.

2. Figuratively, that which resembles such a pillar in

appearance, character, or office; a supporter or mainstay;

as, the Pillars of Hercules; a pillar of the state. “You

are a well-deserving pillar.” –Shak.

By day a cloud, by night a pillar of fire. –Milton.

3. (R. C. Ch.) A portable ornamental column, formerly carried

before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the

church. [Obs.] –Skelton.

4. (Man.) The center of the volta, ring, or manege ground,

around which a horse turns.

From pillar to post, hither and thither; to and fro; from

one place or predicament to another; backward and forward.


Pillar saint. See Stylite.

Post \Post\, n. [AS., fr. L. postis, akin to ponere, positum, to

place. See Position, and cf. 4th Post.]

1. A piece of timber, metal, or other solid substance, fixed,

or to be fixed, firmly in an upright position, especially

when intended as a stay or support to something else; a

pillar; as, a hitching post; a fence post; the posts of a


They shall take of the blood, and strike it on the

two side posts and on the upper doorpost of the

houses.                               –Ex. xii. 7.

Then by main force pulled up, and on his shoulders

bore, The gates of Azza, post and massy bar.


Unto his order he was a noble post.   –Chaucer.

Note: Post, in the sense of an upright timber or strut, is

used in composition, in such words as king-post,

queen-post, crown-post, gatepost, etc.

2. The doorpost of a victualer’s shop or inn, on which were

chalked the scores of customers; hence, a score; a debt.


When God sends coin I will discharge your post. –S.


From pillar to post. See under Pillar.

Knight of the post. See under Knight.

Post hanger (Mach.), a bearing for a revolving shaft,

adapted to be fastened to a post.

Post hole, a hole in the ground to set the foot of a post


Post mill, a form of windmill so constructed that the whole

fabric rests on a vertical axis firmly fastened to the

ground, and capable of being turned as the direction of

the wind varies.

Source: Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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