Clockwork Gallery – Inception
29th December 2002, Melbourne
It’s December 2002 and I’ve just witnessed England’s demise at the hands of the Australians in the 4th (cricket) Test match. There’s another Test due to start in Sydney in a few days and I’m off to see my friends in Auckland after that, before flying home via Hong Kong. Home’s 11,000 miles away in Yorkshire, England and it’s new year. Wouldn’t it be great if it were possible to just jump onto the World Tube, pop home for new year and then pop back to watch the 5th Test?
Underground is a series of imaginary underground rail networks (after Harry Beck’s revolutionary model) that connects the globe together. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to be able to jump on a tube in New York and be anywhere in the world within the hour? I did – that’s why I created these world underground maps.
I came up with the idea for a world underground tube when I was travelling far from home. This is the journal that plots the thought process of the physical journey that inspired its creation.