Created by Geographer-at-Large Eames Demetrios, Kcymaerxthaere is a “parallel universe that intersects with much of our linear Earth, but with different stories, creatures, peoples, even laws of physics and qualities of existence.” It has been likened to a novel with every page in a different place. What makes the Kcymaerxthaere project particularly interesting is that Demetrios installs informative markers and historical sites at the locations in our world that connect to his world, creating real world intersections with his imagined universe.For the months of August and September, 2014, Demetrios acted as our first ever Geographer-in-Residence and his Kcymaerxthaere locations continue to be featured all over the Atlas. To learn more see our introductory article here!
When you are in London’s West End, a triangle of buildings makes a small island at Charing Cross and Old Compton Street. Walk away from Charing Cross down Old Compton Street and look up to your left after a couple of buildings and you will see a marker that honors the Great Dangaroo Flood. It is a most bewildering sight, because everyone knows that Dangaroos only lived on the other side of what we call the Earth. How did this come to be?
The event is known as the Great Dangaroo Flood from the time when a band of Tehachapic refugees arrived at the height of the deluge, bobbing up and down on their rafts of asphalt. Surveying the wreckage, they assumed that only Dangaroos, the giant war kangaroos whose huge claws could disembowel a man from 20 paces, were capable of creating the destruction such as they saw. The devastating strength of the Dangaroos was decisive against the Material Alliance (of whom the Tehachapi were a reluctant part) at the Battle of the Devils Marbles, the beginning of the Tehachapic exile.
Construction seems to be constantly going on in the area but the marker is easily visible from the other side of the street. It is quite high to be near a remnant of the waterline thought to be left behind by the flooding.
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Though there is a construction site, it is easily visible from the other side of the street--even though it is quite high because of the waterline of the flooding.