Symphony of the Subway
The subway system of New York City is good for a lot of things. Like making you late for work/movies/dinner/dates, basically anything you can name.
Subway tracks are a great place to find interesting… occurrences. I found this, well, I guess it’s a wishing fountain in the middle of the tracks (Nassau Ave. G train if anyone wants to marvel at its glory).
Yes, that is water bubbling and gurgling. And yes, it appears that people have started chucking loose change at it, perhaps to appease the subway gods to send the trains on time for once.
But another thing about the subway system is that apparently, it can inspire to creativity. And I don’t just mean some of the best graffiti ever
I saw this video a few weeks ago and it really made me happy. It was made by Google programmer Alexander Chen. He used Massimo Vignelli’s infamous 1972 subway system map as the basis for his design.
Try opening that video in 3 tabs and see how it sounds!. You can also go to the program’s website to see it in full screen and you can also pluck the ‘strings’ and interact with it. And don’t forget to check out Chen’s blog for all the fancy technical details.