Trains of thought: philosophy goes underground
By Avril Ormsby
LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Service announcements on the London Underground are no longer restricted to "Mind the Gap," but have been broadened to include the words of great thinkers such as Einstein and Goethe.
Passengers on the Piccadilly Line will be able to hear a range of philosophical, political and historical quotes from their drivers as they rattle through rail tunnels deep under the city.
The quotes, compiled by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, are part of a series of arts projects on the subway.
Staff are encouraged to use the quotes to talk directly to passengers, building a rapport and adding unexpected wit or insight during the commute, rather than relying on pre-recorded announcements.
"They are not doing it incessantly, but choosing their times deliberately," said Sarah McLean, spokeswoman for "Art on the Underground."
"When they need to make an announcement, they will look to use an appropriate quote."
The booklet "What is the City but the People," includes the following quotes:
"To live is to dream," Friedrich Schiller. Continued...