A Ride Through Berlin's 'Underground Art Gallery'
Henry Grabar discusses photographer Kate Seabrook's "Endbahnhof," a tumblr page that captures the interiors of every station along the the Berlin U-Bahn. According to Grabar, the site is "like flipping through a paint-sample catalog of pattern, typography and architecture."
"The stations aren't as exquisite as those of St. Petersburg, or as bombastic as those of Stockholm -- their design variance is quieter, more approachable, and some would argue, more fitting for a utilitarian transport system," he comments. "And while Munich has constructed some of the most radiant underground stations in the world, the Bavarian city's network is only half the size of Berlin's and offers none of the timeworn contrasts -- it dates from 1971; Berlin's from 1902."
"No, traveling through the Berlin U-Bahn is a more subtle trip, a journey through fonts, graphic design, tile-work, molding and color. And, cliche though it may be, history."