ABSTRACT

This chapter examines the case of litter trails that were recorded in the Cambridgeshire countryside during the Second World War. The second instance of litter anxiety also accesses fears of invasion, however in this instance it is not soldiers but tourists who are the focus of these fears. The chapter explains the work of artist Stephen Willats, in particular his methodology of mapping litter as a tool for revealing the uses and interrelations of everyday spaces. The wide range of consumer products designed to facilitate processes of instant and hygienic disposal, such as spotlessly white bathroom suites and in sink waste disposal units, stand testament to this. So when waste turns up again, as litter for example, it causes anxiety. The work of Stephen Willats may seem to be a strange choice for a study in to the non-metropolitan as so much of what he is known for centres on urban communities and their patterns of living.