Welcome to the Oriel Wrecsam Explorer Project!

Oriel Wrecsam Explorers
OW Explorers

Over the coming weeks our group of explorers will devise innovative ways in which to travel through Wrecsam’s urban landscape. We’ll then take inspiration from our regular dérives to create new poetry. This week we started at Emz Cakes, before following in the footsteps of William Burroughs:

“Another exercise that is very effective is walking on colors. Pick out all the reds on a street, focusing only on red objects–brick, lights, sweaters, signs. Shift to green, blue, orange, yellow. Notice how the colors begin to stand out more sharply of their own accord. I was walking on yellow when I saw a yellow amphibious jeep near the corner of 94th Street and Central Park West. It was called the Thing. This reminded me of the Thing I knew in Mexico. He was nearly seven feet tall and had played the Thing in a horror movie of the same name, and everybody called him the Thing, though his name was James Arness.  I hadn’t thought about the Thing in twenty years, and would not have thought about him except walking on yellow at that particular moment.”

(From “Ten Years and a Billion Dollars” William S. Burroughs in The Adding Machine: Selected Essays, Arcade Publishing, New York, 1985)

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