The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of the London Underground #2

Chingford by Gregory Brown, 1927.


Vanwall said...

Public art as nice as this seems to be so rare, and more so every passing year. I well remember hunting down the Michelin House building on Fulham Road in 1981, not so much for the early Art Deco architecture, (I can take it or leave it), but mostly for the lovely pre-WWI automobile paintings by Ernest Montaut on huge tiles that ringed the building inside and out. Such casual brilliance on display for the appraisal of passing strangers, I was awe-struck by Michelin's generosity; sure, it was a bit of flamboyant salesmanship braggadocio, but could you imagine anything so sublime,enriching, and most of all - enduring - coming out of a freakin' megacorp nowadays? Ah well, I understand the old girl is a restaurant nowadays, but well restored and revered - I should end up so lucky!

Richard Gibson said...

Yes, Terence Conran owns and operates a shop and a restaurant from the Michelin building aka Bibendum (after the character) on Fulham Road. Although I've never been in it I've driven past and it looks quite special.