Webometric Thoughts

March 1, 2009

Art on the Underground: Spotted in the wild

Filed under: Art on the Underground,London Underground,Roundel — admin @ 4:52 pm

Way back in November I bought a poster celebrating the 100th anniversary of the London Underground’s Roundel. Rather than a one-off, it was a two-off plus extras: one for the underground’s archive of art, one auctioned on ebay, and the potential for the image to appear on posters and tube maps around the capital.

A friend of mine spotted the one I bought at White City tube:

Surely that’ll add a tenner to the value of the poster.

As for a technological angle to the post: my friend has an iPhone so had to email me the picture rather sending a MMS.

November 2, 2008

Britannica on the Underground

Filed under: Art on the Underground,Encyclopedia Britannica — admin @ 2:03 pm

Over the last couple of weeks the Encyclopaedia Britannica has been covering the recent commissioning of 100 works to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the London Underground’s Roundel. Two prints were made of each of the works: one added to the underground’s archive of art and one auctioned on ebay. Unfortunately the Briannica’s quality must be called into question once again; they failed to highlight Karl Holmqvist’s “Let’s Go Together”…that’s the one we bought.

Before I had web access, it was highly unlikely that I would have heard of the commissioning, and if I had heard of it, it would have seemed too far away to do anything about it. Sometimes we forget how much the web has changed our lives in such a short period of time.

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