"Vintage 1950s advertising posters in disused passageways at Notting Hill Gate tube station, London - photographed in 2010
Many people now know the story of the uncovered and disused ex-lift passageways in Notting Hill Gate tube station that LU workers rediscovered in 2010 after 50 years of being sealed up. ...
This view looks towards where the stairs down to the lifts would have been and shows the original 1900 tiled finishes along with a wall of posters, the Victor Galbraith 'Party Travel' poster, with an elephant, issued by London Transport itself being prominent.
The posters and passageways have, after much thought, been re-entombed and are again inaccessible so please don't pester the station staff"
(London Transport + Mikey Ashworth, 24 May 2010)
The Victoria Line that opened between 1968 and 1971 "provided the opportunity to produce a new and consistent look across the whole line, from the trains themselves to the stations and platforms. All aspects of design were overseen by Misha Black, the Design Consultant for London Transport (1964-1968), who previously had a similar role with British Rail. He employed the talents of the The Design Research Unit (DRU) - a collective of designers, artists and architects who designed all aspects of the VIctoria Line.
Each platform was designed with a very muted colour scheme, described by some of the press at the time as the 'late lavatorial style' (1, P58). The tiled designs in each seat recess provided much needed colour and decoration, and gave each stop its own visual identity. The results were a mixture of direct inspiration from the station name and references to historical details of the local area."
(Ian Moore, Design Assembly, 3 May 2010)
Fig.1 Stockwell by Abram Games - a semi-abstract swan, representing the nearby pub of the same name.
"Running the Numbers looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 32,000 breast augmentation surgeries in the U.S. every month.
This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the roles and responsibilities we each play as individuals in a collective that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming."
(Chris Jordan, Seattle, 2008)
Fig.1 Depicts 11,000 jet trails, equal to the number of commercial flights in the US every eight hours.
"Design your own designs inspired by tiles of William De Morgan. Save your finished design in the gallery, print it or send it to a friend."
(Victoria and Albert Museum, UK)
[instance of people collaborating online, looking and learning.]