London Tube Riders Get Bombarded with Pictures Of Cats!
21 September, 2016
When riding the tube in London this week, riders will be filled with visions of pictures of cats. A nice change from the ads that bombard us on a daily basis.!
At one London Tube station, this catastic fantasy has become entirely real.
An innovative new art group called “Glimpse” began the project a few months ago. With the support more than 600 Kickstarter backers, they raised about $30,000 to buy up all the ad space and completely redecorate the Clapham Common subway station.
As you ride into the station, you still see a normal parade of ads. But then you get to the platform, walk up the stairs and hit the escalators — and everything’s gone completely feline. A corridor of curious cats opens before you.
James Turner, the man behind the project explains why:
“I think we wanted to imagine a world where public spaces were designed to make you feel good, and where they reflected what’s really important in our lives, which is friends and families and experiences, rather than the stuff you can buy in the shops,” the Glimpse founder said.
“We’re so used to being told exactly what to think and what to buy … that it’s quite nice to walk through a station and not exactly know what you’re supposed to think.”
The cat images will up for two weeks and have already become a sensation!
The installation, due to be up for two weeks, has already become a tourist attraction. Foreign media have shown up to film news reports while tourists snap selfies with the larger-than-life kitty faces. Glimpse says many of the featured cats are adoptable, currently being cared for by Cats Protection, the UK’s largest feline welfare charity.
A station staffer who spoke on condition of anonymity said he was perplexed by the number of people who seemed giddy about taking pictures of themselves with the posters. “Why are people coming here to take a photo of a photo of a cat?” he asked.