The Universal London Underground Map
Adam Dant2021 56 x 76 cm
Digital print with hand tinting on 300gsm velin arches HP 100% cotton rag
Edition of 50
Signed and dated by the artist
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It is often claimed that there are over 250 languages spoken in London. The Universal London Underground Map dispenses with the need to produce 250 different travel maps by deploying, as it does, the common communication tool of the pictogram, or icon.
Akin to the modern ‘emoji’ the message of the pictogram renders meaning in a clear and direct manner appending specific signifyers to that which they signify within a context defined by a particular history and geography.
Thus travelers from all over the world furnished with a reasonably comprehensive knowledge of the place into which they are about to descend, of it’s peoples, it’s particular history and it’s popular and folk culture will have no trouble at all when getting about.
Furthermore, their journeys on The London Underground network will be far more edyfying when augmented by certain factoids and specific information, such as the part played in the building of Bayswater by Edward Orme ( whose portrait denotes Bayswater tube station ), the famous former presence of flamingos in the rooftop gardens ( until drunken yobs threw them over the parapet ) at High Street Kensington and the charming English folk tale by which Paddington not only refers to a major railway terminus but also to a bear ( por favor cuida de este oso ! ).