About the Artwork

Intricate Polynesian fishing nets, whose lines and knots were also maps of wind and sea currents, are an inspiration for this textile installation. Alluding to the City of London’s maritime associations, Amanda Lwin’s handwoven net charts subterranean infrastructure beneath the City. The work’s title is drawn from Maya Jasanoff’s recent biography of novelist-sailor Joseph Conrad.

‘A Worldwide Web of Somewheres’ belongs to the artist’s ‘Capricious Cartography’ series: mapmaking that is more equivocal, contingent and unstable than traditional cartography. Suspended above our heads, it recalls both an acrobat’s safety net, or a hunter’s trap; equally robust and fragile. The artwork, produced specifically for this site, affirms our continued dependence on physical connections to people, places and ideas beyond our immediate understanding.

Commissioned by Sculpture in the City.

Artist Interview

Year: 2018

Copyright the artist. Photo: © Nick Turpin


Natural and synthetic rope and string


1250 x 550 cm

Artist Biography

Amanda Lwin

Amanda Lwin (b. 1982, London) is British-Burmese artist, whose work charts the interfaces between landscapes, cities, buildings and people. Preferring to think of her three-dimensional work as artefact (as opposed to sculpture), Lwin is captivated by hidden meanings and histories embedded in an anthropocenic terrain. Her engagement with psychogeographic concerns is informed by an eclectic array of literary, anthropological and mythological sources. Lwin grew up in Beckton, East London and graduated with a BA in Architecture at Cambridge followed by an MArch in Urban Design at UCL. She began her practice as a creative producer, realising ideas about geographic narratives through music festivals and computer games. Since moving towards a contemporary art output she has exhibited regularly with both commercial galleries and public programmes.