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NYC Subway Quilt

The design of this handcrafted item from Whole Cloth Quilts is taken from a vintage New York City subway map. Karyn, the quilter, made it as a wall hanging. It’s compact enough in size that, in an emergency, it could be taken off the wall and used to navigate the subway system. Link -via Not Martha

NYC Subway Map Turned into a Musical Instrument

(Video Link) Alexander Chen took Massimo Vignelli’s iconic 1972 map of the New York City subway system and turned it into a musical instrument. The routes are treated like strings, and whenever a train intersects a string, that string is plucked: Length determines pitch, with longer strings playing lower notes. When a string is in the middle [...]