And it came to pass that it was decided that the geek was not sufficiently geek, and it was decided that the geek gods should meet and decide how to increase the geek.
The London Underground geek talked at length about the tube map, the tube font and the tube’s heritage.
Then the Lego geek extolled the virtues of the plastic brick, and mock-up tube stations and the wide flat piece of plastic used for grass.
And thus it was that Tube Geek met Lego Geek and they turned the geek up to 11 by combining their geekdom in the form of several tube maps made out of Lego bricks.
Five maps in fact, and each from a different period of the Underground’s history — and one showing its future.
The first map was ceremonially unveiled this morning, at King’s Cross St Pancras by James, who happens to be the son of a Lego model building dad who works for London Underground.
The other maps can be found in the ticket halls at
- South Kensington – 1927 map
- Piccadilly Circus – 1933, Harry Beck’s original map
- Green Park – 1968 map
- Stratford on the platform side is a 2013 map
- The King’s Cross map is how the map might look in 2020 — with Crossrail in it.
The maps will only be up for a few months – then they will be moved to the Transport Museum.
There is also a very old tube map on display at Temple station, and people occasionally get confused by it. Will be interesting to see if anyone at King’s Cross ignores the signs that this is “art” and try to find a Crossrail train?
The maps took four days to make, and were created by Duncan Titmarsh, who is also the UK’s only Certified LEGO Professional.
A certain London Blogger will be delighted by the lack of daggers on the Lego maps.