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Tuesday October 09 2012

Here:

Mail Rail Fungus Tunnel Wins London High Line Competiton

But frankly, from then on it’s all downhill:

A winner has been chosen for a competition seeking new green ideas for London. Fletcher Priest Architects won the High Line competition, named after New York’s famous linear park, with a design that melds abandoned rail tunnels, glass fibre sculptures and a fungal garden.

“Pop Down” would reuse the old Mail Rail tunnels, 9 foot-wide tubes for the transport of mail, which run just north of Oxford Street and were mothballed a decade ago. The underground garden would be lit via fibre optic ducts up to the surface, where sculptural glass mushrooms would harvest light, allowing real fungi to grow down below. The concept of an underground park fed by surface light isn’t a new one, and resembles a slim down version of New York’s proposed Low Line.

I followed that New York link, and I must say it looks much better than the London idea, which is just a long dark tube you walk along.  Fibre glass sculpture and fungal gardens don’t disguise what’s really happening.

The point is, most Art galleries are quite nice places, sometimes spectacularly so.  They would be pleasing to visit and to chat in, even if there was no Art present at all.  I mean, you can just as easily stare at the fire extinguishers, if you really, really want some Art but there isn’t any.  Fire extinguishers are often at least as good as Art, if you want something to stare at, to save having to make eye contact with your companion when they say something particularly stupid or threatening.  But a big long narrow tunnel is a crap place to walk along, and stuffing bits of Art in it isn’t going to change that.

More on that MailRail here: http://www.silentuk.com/?p=2792

Posted by 6000 on 09 October 2012

Yes, it looks far more interesting as a railway, doesn’t it?

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 09 October 2012
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