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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Above the Underground

Circle Line Project

Some of you may have heard of Rob Gardiner's photographic project where he's going to follow the entire route of the Circle Line (all 14 miles of it) as closely as possible and take black and white pictures of what's above ground.

As Rob says: "The official map hides a fundamental lie: the Circle Line is not a circle. In reality it twists and turns, dives and rises, meanders around the London in anything but a neat oval. As one of the earliest built lines, it runs very shallow and in many parts is open to the air. So I will walk the real route, interested in seeing if I can tell where the line was made to follow the road, or where roads were made above the line. Of course I can not walk on the actual line, the goal is to take photographs no more than 50 yards from it."

Rob Gardiner's Walking the Circle Line Project

The pictures so far are fab and so far he's covered
Barbican to Moorgate, Moorgate to Tower Hill, Tower Hill to Blackfriars and my favourites so far, Blackfriars to Temple.

Looking forward to seeing the rest of them. When it's finished it'll be like an online version of that above the Underground poster of the Piccadilly Line that gazillions of people have been looking to get hold of (they're at the London Transport Museum shop, apparently). Wonder why the powers that be on the tube only ever commissioned one of them?

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