Culture of Illusion – Animal Madness


The Animals of the Underground.
The Animals of the Underground.

In the most delightful way, a gentleman called Mr. Paul Middlewick has managed to monetize his boredom. As related on this website he managed, in 1988, to find images of animals in the tube map as he commuted to work. How many hours, days, weeks did he spend staring in desperate isolation at the unyielding geometry of the London Tube map before these creatures revealed themselve to him in a hallucinatory burst? A more imaginative name than Elephant and Castle could have been chosen for the elephant, but then I’m not the one who has managed to turn one of the most boring experiences in the modern world into a successful and rather lovely business proposition, so who am I to say? No one that’s who.

On this, the anniversary of the 150th year of the London Tube, enjoy.