Travellers of all kinds can now investigate the soul of the old wooden escalators that have been the floor and transport for millions of feet over the years. Before the metal escalators that we are used to, wooden ones were often used. These organic and warm installations carry the natural tones and textures of wood, and would absorb stains and scuff marks to create a multi-toned, well used floor.
The historical relevance may be only toe deep, however the expert design and tessellating flow of units made an interesting feat of engineering and the atmosphere of the steps always carried a lived in feel that the metal ones seem to lack.
The ceiling of Wynyard Station in Sydney now has a suspended art installation made from the old 1931 wood escalators. The old wooden steps have been woven and poured across the ceiling in interesting and eye catching shapes and flow designs. Called “Interloop” the work by Chris Fox (Instagram) points to the connectivity of the transport network, and shows how individual units can link together to form magnificent and moving creations.
Take a look at the installation on Chris Fox's website.
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