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The Routes of Beck - London

 

 

 

Underground metro transportation maps are designed with color coded lines that help one find one's way around an urban center. Though they became much easier to read when in 1931 a worker for the London Underground, Harry Beck, devised an easy to follow graphic of the London "Tube" Underground, whereby each line was charted on a horizontal, vertical or forty-five degree angle. Until then, the oldest underground transportation system in the world, that had first begun operating 68 years earlier, was represented by what appeared to be a messy pile of colorful spaghetti noodles. Today most public transportation maps worldwide follow Beck's simple concept, though there have been many variations, between attempts to follow their actual geographical mappings and such a simplified schematic.

Among the artworks in this gallery are faux picture frames containing details from an original London Underground map that was widely used for many years before Beck changed the course of history of public transportation around the globe, with the universal language that he had devised. I unexpectedly became a tiny part of this history, when in 2013 a week-long celebration of the London Underground's 150 anniversary took place and I was invited to give a talk about this art project. The London Transport Museum subsequently published a documentary commemoration book and one of its chapters is about the history of The Underground Cathedral - Routes of Civilization:

Going Underground - New Perspectives - Chapter 9

 

 

 

 

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