Tubular Fells Map
Peter Burgess created Tubular Fells having noticed that the colour coding of the London Underground lines matches the colour coding of the iconic Wainwright Pictorial Guides.
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- A2-size (594mm × 420mm) poster format
- Heavyweight 200gsm paper
- Dispatched rolled in a tube
- Ideal for framing
It’s often been said that Wainwright pulled off the same trick as the man who designed the London Underground map.
AW took a three dimensional picture, in his case a Lakeland mountain, and by turning it into a two dimensional image made it more understandable.
Now the 214 Wainwrights get the tube map treatment.
Peter Burgess created TUBULAR FELLS having noticed that the colour coding of the London Underground lines matches the colour coding of the iconic Wainwright Pictorial Guides.
Great fun and a perfect present.
Peter Burgess' "Tubular Fells" is an ingenious and playful Lakeland adaptation of Harry Beck's iconic map of the London underground, devised in 1933. Indicating all 214 of Wainwright's fells, and color coded to correspond with AW's seven "Pictorial Guides," Burgess' "Fells" map, upon first glance, might well be mistaken for Beck's London underground.
As reporter Henry Chu has noted, Beck's "simple yet elegant diagram of the 249-mile subway network is hailed as one of the great images of the twentieth century, a marvel of graphic design." An electrical draftsman, Beck was said to have been inspired by electric-circuit diagrams; he "straightened out the lines, drew only 45- and 90-degree angles and truncated distances between stations"-- the same principles applied by Burgess in "Tubular Fells." Of course, this map does not accurately represent either the relative distances between fells or their precise orientation to one another. Notwithstanding, it likely offers a more comprehensible instant grasp of the whole field of Lakeland's fells than the more accurate and detailed Ordnance Survey maps. As Chu remarks, "If the Tube is how people get around London, the Tube map is how many conceive of this sprawling city, their sense of its geography shaped--and sometimes warped--by the drawing's steamlined, reductive layout." Other cities--Sydney and New York, to name two--have found the London Tube map, with its pleasingly parallel lines, its interchanges and its local stations, useful enough to adapt to their own transit systems.
Watching Lakeland travel videos while exercising on the treadmill, I often glance aside at the "Tubular Fells" map on the wall to keep myself oriented. Sometimes I can even do this without falling off.”
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