'Look About' showcases the results of a two-year mapping and collecting project by Portsmouth-based artist Jon Adams in response to the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The project was commissioned by Accentuate, a transformational programme of 15 projects, inspired by the Paralympic Movement, which seeks to change perceptions and offer opportunities to showcase the talents of deaf and disabled people.
As an artist and trained geologist, Jon’s approach is to entwine his artwork with his love of geology. The project largely consists of stratigraphic diagrams, commonly used by geologists to describe the vertical location of rock layers in a particular area. Jon has used this detailed and accurate way of recording, to document creative responses to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, including projects by Blue Touch Paper, a carnival project run by West Sussex, and the StopGAP Dance Company, an integrated company for dancers with and without disabilities. Thousands of people were invited to take part in Look About, by logging any days connected to the Cultural Olympiad and collecting items or ‘fossils’ that relate to experiences around the Olympics.