Fresh approaches to the tube map exhibition at Scott Brownrigg runs until 22nd October
By Seamus_McC | Friday, October 15, 2010, 11:55
Last night I visited the "Fresh approaches to the tube map" exhibition at Scott Brownrigg in Endell Street.
Strangely familiar and yet strangely different, Londoners see the tube map every day - just not like this!
It's a fascinating exhibition of different way to present the same information - the relative distances and positions of stations and lines on the London underground.
Some of the maps are merely beautiful but many take a different prioritisation of the basic data and make a completely new map thereby - one map presents all of the stations and lines as they really appear on (or under) the ground, and another is presented at 90 degrees to the norml orientation. See this gallery for some photos we took of the maps.
The whole exhibition runs to maybe a dozen maps and takes up one large room (the reception area of the office) so you could readily see the whole thing in ten minutes. If you're at all interested in variations on Harry Beck's iconic original, it's well worth those ten minutes of your time!
There's more information at Max Roberts' Tubemapcentral.com, and the opening times and details appear below.
Dates: 7 - 22 October 2010
Opening times: Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm
Venue: Scott Brownrigg, 77 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9DZ (map)