Ridiculous Obsessions

Harrow Weald

Bakerloo Line: Harrow & Wealdstone

I.e., NOT in the least bit magnificent.

I try not to succumb to obsessive collecting. I actually don’t need complete matching sets of book series (so what if two of five volumes are paperback?) or any musician’s entire CD/LP/45 output. But today I learned about a permanent installation in the London Underground, and I could feel the obsessive bug nibbling at my fingers.

The installation is Mark Wallinger’s Labyrinth (2013), 270 different labyrinths, one in each of the 270 Tube stations. I’d already noticed a couple here and there during my travels these past 3 weeks, and I’m fascinated by labyrinths, so …

Bakerloo Line: Wembley Central

Bakerloo Line: Wembley Central

Question: How many could I collect with my camera before boredom or hunger or exhaustion set in?

Answer: 14.

That’s not very many, just a bit over 5% of the total, but it took 3 hours. Each photo requires exiting the train, finding the labyrinth (which occasionally requires exiting the station — not fair, Wallinger!), taking a photo or two, and then waiting for the next train. Yawn.

Tomorrow I’ll bring a book.

About Lizzie Ross

in no particular order: author, teacher, cyclist, world traveler, single parent. oh, and i read. a lot.
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4 Responses to Ridiculous Obsessions

  1. calmgrove says:

    Obsession is a good word, Lizzie, because if they’re all based on classic unicursal mazes, as these two are, then they’re symbolic of a city like Troy — which was besieged of course, and the Latin for siege is … obsessio.


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