Mount Fear by Abigail Reynolds creates a mountainous landscape from crime statistics
Abigail Reynolds’ Mount Fear takes the East London Police Statistics for violent crimes 2002-3 and converts them into a mountainous cardboard landscape.
Although it’s an older work (it was exhibited at Nottingham’s Trade Gallery in 2010) that uses data from a decade ago it’s still really psychologically interesting with the most massive of the papery peaks representing the areas of highest recorded violent crime. The fear emanating from that data becomes literally insurmountable.
According to the Trade Gallery text:
“Huge swathes of data, including that used in Mount Fear are deployed within the public domain to shape our perception and fear of crime in every day life. Mount Fear could be interpreted as a metaphor for an anxious society fixated on numericaljustification and accountability.”