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Sky’s the limit: a heavenly addition to the Underground?

Posted at 8:30 am, August 3, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment, Technology, Transport
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You’ll be hard pressed to find a Londoner who enjoys the long slog in to work. The Tube commute is just one of those things that we have to suck up and get through with an iPod, good book and some deep breaths. But hope is near, as a clever bunch at the Royal College of Art are trying to brighten up our travels. Amrita Kulkarni, Emma Laurin and Matt Bachelor have created ‘Canopy’; a project which turns carriage ceilings into real-life simulations of London environment, presenting the bored passengers with blooming flora and the city’s looming buildings. The idea is to realistically reflect what you would be seeing if you weren’t pressed up against 100 sweaty strangers in a clammy train carriage; it would even reflect current weather conditions.  Yes, effectively it would be a glorified baby mobile. No, it probably won’t actually make us feel like we’re out in the open. But, if it makes our journeys even slightly less dull then we’re all for it. Julia Graham

For more info, see amritakulkarni.com/Canopy.

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